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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. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
 Marie Antoinette
 Cleopatra
 Dolly Madison
 Anne Boleyn

 

Question 2. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
 Marc Chagall
 Jasper Johns
 Jules Olitski
 Harold Rosenberg

 

Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
 Marc Chagall
 Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
 Mark Rothko
 Peter Max
 Chaim Soutine

 

Question 6. The Second Commandment prohibits
 Graven images
 Desecrating the Sabbath
 Murder
 Adultery

 

Question 7. Yaccov Agam is famous for what style of painting?
 Polyphonic painting
 Cubism
 Impressionism
 Linear perspective
 Pop art

 

Question 8. 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

 

Question 9. A shivviti hanging in a synagogue would use these Hebrew letters
 Aleph, Bet, Gimel, Daled
 Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay
 Shin, Lamed, Vav, Mem
 Shin, Vav, Vav, Tav
 Bet, Reish, Vav, Chaf

 

Question 10. The Supreme Court building in Jerusalem was built to face both the city and the:
 Western Wall
 Independence Hall in Tel Aviv
 The Knesset (parliament)
 Mount Herzl (military cemetery)