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. 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 2. Which Jewish artist designed the stained-glass windows for the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center?
Question 3. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. The Bet Alpha Synagogue shows Greek influence in its
Zodiac floor mosaic
Idols of Greek gods
Use of marble columns
Question 7. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
Question 8. A shivviti hanging in a synagogue would use these Hebrew letters
Aleph, Bet, Gimel, Daled
Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay
Shin, Lamed, Vav, Mem
Shin, Vav, Vav, Tav
Bet, Reish, Vav, Chaf
Question 9. When was the Bezalel School in Jerusalem founded?
Question 10. Which contemporary Israeli artist developed a type of minimalism strongly influenced by natural form and the Israeli landscape?