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. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
Question 2. 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 3. True or False: Micrography creates images out of words
Question 4. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?
The Middle Ages
During the European Renaissance
During the period of immigration to America
Question 5. Who was Moshe Safdie?
Israel's first internationally-known glass blower
Israel's first internationally-known architect
Israel's first internationally-known sculptor
Israel's first internationally-known photographer
Question 6. The Supreme Court building in Jerusalem was built to face both the city and the:
Independence Hall in Tel Aviv
The Knesset (parliament)
Mount Herzl (military cemetery)
Question 7. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. Which biblical character was appointed to build the Tabernacle?