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. Jerusalem stone is known for its
Distinct layers multi-colored
White or cream-colored marble
Similarity to granite
Question 2. What was Chaim Soutine's signature style?
Thick, black lines
Wavy elongation of bodies
Question 3. Which of the following is an example of Hellenistic influence over Jewish art?
Herod's restoration of the Jerusalem Temple
The synagogue at Hamat Tiberias's zodiac circle with Helios the sun god and his chariot at the center
The floor mosaic of the Bet Alpha Synagogue
All of the above
Question 4. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
Question 5. Which contemporary Israeli artist developed a type of minimalism strongly influenced by natural form and the Israeli landscape?
Question 6. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
Question 7. Archie Rand is famous for painting a synagogue mural in which American city?
San Francisco, California
Newport, Rhode Island
Brooklyn, New York
Question 8. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?
The Middle Ages
During the European Renaissance
During the period of immigration to America
Question 9. 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
Question 10. True or False: Jewish papercutting has always been limited to very rare items or ritual objects.