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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. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
 Arthur Szyk
 Ben Hecht
 Tobi Kahn
 Jules Olitski


Question 2. Who is the only Israeli artist included in H. H. Arnason's voluminous "History of Modern Art"?
 Yaacov Agam
 Michael Gross
 Nahum Gutman
 Moshe Kupferman


Question 3. Modigliani, an Italian Jewish painter of the early 20th century, settled in which European city?


Question 4. The Bet Alpha Synagogue shows Greek influence in its
 Zodiac floor mosaic
 Idols of Greek gods
 Hanging gardens
 Use of marble columns
 Ceiling murals


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. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
 Abstract artist


Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. The Second Commandment prohibits
 Graven images
 Desecrating the Sabbath


Question 10. Archie Rand is famous for painting a synagogue mural in which American city?
 San Francisco, California
 Newport, Rhode Island
 Brooklyn, New York
 Dallas, Texas