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. Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev is about a young Hasidic painter dealing with:
The challenge of promoting his work during World War II
The shift in Jewish art trends from the classical to modern
The rising price of paint in his shtetl
Choosing between religion and art
Question 2. Archie Rand is famous for painting a synagogue mural in which American city?
San Francisco, California
Newport, Rhode Island
Brooklyn, New York
Question 3. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
Question 4. Modigliani, an Italian Jewish painter of the early 20th century, settled in which European city?
Question 5. Which Jewish artist designed the stained-glass windows for the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center?
Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. Jerusalem stone is known for its
Distinct layers multi-colored
White or cream-colored marble
Similarity to granite
Question 9. 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 10. 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