Jewish Art QuizThe earliest pieces of Jewish art were religious objects--Torah adornments, marriage certificates, tombstones--that were illuminated. Relatively recently, "art for art's sake" became a concept--and the Jewish world quickly adapted, producing such notable talents as Marc Chagall and Yaacov Agam. How much do you know about Jewish art?
Question 1. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
Question 2. Some Jewish homes have a mizrach hanging on the wall, which is meant to remind people
Of all of the suffering Jews have faced throughout history
What time to light Shabbat candles
Which way to direct their prayers (to the east)
Of their Jewish heritage
Question 3. How does artist Archie Rand depict biblical characters?
Comic book style frames
Abstract color blocks.
Modern-day IDF soldiers
Question 4. What does hiddur mitzvah mean?
Observing God's commandments to the fullest extent one possibly can
The beautification of the commandments
A prohibition against artistic creations
The mitzvah of putting Jewish art inside one's home
Question 5. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
Question 6. Which contemporary Israeli artist developed a type of minimalism strongly influenced by natural form and the Israeli landscape?
Question 7. Modigliani, an Italian Jewish painter of the early 20th century, settled in which European city?
Question 8. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
Arches and cathedral-like architecture
Question 9. True or False: Jewish papercutting has always been limited to very rare items or ritual objects.
Question 10. Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev is about a young Hasidic painter dealing with:
The challenge of promoting his work during World War II
The shift in Jewish art trends from the classical to modern
The rising price of paint in his shtetl
Choosing between religion and art