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. Which artist, and eventual Holocaust victim, captured the fear of the time in his painting, "Self Portrait with Jewish Identity Card"?
Question 2. The Bet Alpha Synagogue shows Greek influence in its
Zodiac floor mosaic
Idols of Greek gods
Use of marble columns
Question 3. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?
Question 4. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
Question 5. Modigliani, an Italian Jewish painter of the early 20th century, settled in which European city?
Question 6. 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 7. The Second Commandment prohibits
Desecrating the Sabbath
Question 8. 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 9. Which Jewish artist designed the stained-glass windows for the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center?
Question 10. How did Moshe Kupferman express his experience in Polish concentration camps through his paintings?
He employed muted colors and geometric formations
He only painted in shades of black
He used finger painting and other child-like qualities to represent a loss of innocence
He blended photography, newspaper clippings, and other mediums into his work