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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. When was the Bezalel School in Jerusalem founded?
 1906
 1948
 1967
 1895

 

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. 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 4. Which of the following is an example of Hellenistic influence over Jewish art?
 Herod's restoration of the Jerusalem Temple
 The synagogue at Hamat Tiberias's zodiac circle with Helios the sun god and his chariot at the center
 The floor mosaic of the Bet Alpha Synagogue
 All of the above

 

Question 5. 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)

 

Question 6. Which biblical character was appointed to build the Tabernacle?
 Moses
 Bezalel
 Joshua
 Miriam
 Abraham

 

Question 7. Jerusalem stone is known for its
 Distinct layers multi-colored
 White or cream-colored marble
 Charcoal color
 Similarity to granite

 

Question 8. The Second Commandment prohibits
 Graven images
 Desecrating the Sabbath
 Murder
 Adultery

 

Question 9. True or False: Micrography creates images out of words
 True
 False

 

Question 10. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
 England
 Israel
 United States
 Canada