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. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
Question 2. Who is the only Israeli artist included in H. H. Arnason's voluminous "History of Modern Art"?
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
Use of marble columns
Question 5. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
Question 6. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
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
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