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 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 3. 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 4. Yaccov Agam is famous for what style of painting?
Question 5. The Bet Alpha Synagogue shows Greek influence in its
Zodiac floor mosaic
Idols of Greek gods
Use of marble columns
Question 6. 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 7. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
Arches and cathedral-like architecture
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. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
Question 10. How does artist Archie Rand depict biblical characters?
Comic book style frames
Abstract color blocks.
Modern-day IDF soldiers