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. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
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 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
Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. Which Jewish artist designed the stained-glass windows for the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center?
Question 7. Archie Rand is famous for painting a synagogue mural in which American city?
San Francisco, California
Newport, Rhode Island
Brooklyn, New York
Question 8. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?
Question 9. What was Chaim Soutine's signature style?
Thick, black lines
Wavy elongation of bodies
Question 10. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
Arches and cathedral-like architecture