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 city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?
Question 2. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
Question 3. Which biblical character was appointed to build the Tabernacle?
Question 4. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
Question 5. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
Question 6. 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 7. When did Anna Ticho, famous for her drawings of the Jerusalem hills, first move to Jerusalem?
She was born there
Question 8. 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 9. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
Arches and cathedral-like architecture
Question 10. True or False: Micrography creates images out of words