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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. Jerusalem stone is known for its
 Distinct layers multi-colored
 White or cream-colored marble
 Charcoal color
 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?
 Polyphonic painting
 Cubism
 Impressionism
 Linear perspective
 Pop art

 

Question 5. 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 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
 Outdoor gardens

 

Question 8. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?
 Biblical times
 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?
 Marc Chagall
 Jasper Johns
 Jules Olitski
 Harold Rosenberg

 

Question 10. How does artist Archie Rand depict biblical characters?
 Comic book style frames
 Abstract color blocks.
 Modern-day IDF soldiers
 Cartoon animals