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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. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
 Cubist
 Realist
 Impressionist
 Abstract artist
 Expressionist

 

Question 2. True or False: Jewish papercutting has always been limited to very rare items or ritual objects.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. Which artist, and eventual Holocaust victim, captured the fear of the time in his painting, "Self Portrait with Jewish Identity Card"?
 Felix Nussbaum
 Mikhail Gorman
 Chaim Soutine
 Yaakov Agam

 

Question 4. 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 5. Which Jewish artist designed the stained-glass windows for the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center?
 Chaim Segal
 Marc Chagall
 Chaim Soutine
 Arthur Szyk

 

Question 6. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
 Arthur Szyk
 Ben Hecht
 Tobi Kahn
 Jules Olitski

 

Question 7. 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 8. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
 Marc Chagall
 Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
 Mark Rothko
 Peter Max
 Chaim Soutine

 

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

 

Question 10. 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