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Jewish Art Quiz

The 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. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
 United States


Question 2. The Bet Alpha Synagogue shows Greek influence in its
 Zodiac floor mosaic
 Idols of Greek gods
 Hanging gardens
 Use of marble columns
 Ceiling murals


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. 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. Sharon Ya'ari, winner of the 2006 Israel Prize for outstanding visual art, is best known for taking photographs of
 Israeli landscapes with an eye for photojournalism
 Israeli soldiers as models to recreate famous paintings such as The Last Supper
 Everyday symbols and ornamentation of Arab and Israeli life
 Ordinary scenes that hint at an undercurrent of anxiety always present in Israeli society


Question 6. Which Jewish artist designed the stained-glass windows for the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center?
 Chaim Segal
 Marc Chagall
 Chaim Soutine
 Arthur Szyk


Question 7. Archie Rand is famous for painting a synagogue mural in which American city?
 San Francisco, California
 Newport, Rhode Island
 Brooklyn, New York
 Dallas, Texas


Question 8. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?
 Tel Aviv


Question 9. What was Chaim Soutine's signature style?
 Sharp edges
 Thick, black lines
 Dot painting
 Wavy elongation of bodies


Question 10. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
 Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
 Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
 Arches and cathedral-like architecture
 Outdoor gardens