My Jewish Learning

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
 Dolly Madison
 Anne Boleyn


Question 2. 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 3. When was the Bezalel School in Jerusalem founded?


Question 4. 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 5. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
 Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
 Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
 Arches and cathedral-like architecture
 Outdoor gardens


Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 10. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?
 Tel Aviv