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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. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
 Arthur Szyk
 Ben Hecht
 Tobi Kahn
 Jules Olitski


Question 2. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
 United States


Question 3. True or False: Jewish papercutting has always been limited to very rare items or ritual objects.


Question 4. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?
 Mishkenot Sha'ananim
 Ma'a lot Dafna
 Meah Shearim
 Beit Hanina


Question 5. What are teraphim?
 Embroidered tapestries often hung in ancient temples
 Figurines of household gods of healing and welfare
 Ornately decorated bath-houses
 Pieces of art that also serve a ritual function


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. When did Anna Ticho, famous for her drawings of the Jerusalem hills, first move to Jerusalem?
 She was born there


Question 8. True or False: Micrography creates images out of words


Question 9. Which object is described as a piece of art made by Moses himself
 The Ten Commandments
 The Temple entryway
 The Bronze Serpent
 The Burning Bush
 The Golden Calf


Question 10. 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