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. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
Question 2. 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 3. When was the Bezalel School in Jerusalem founded?
Question 4. A shivviti hanging in a synagogue would use these Hebrew letters
Aleph, Bet, Gimel, Daled
Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay
Shin, Lamed, Vav, Mem
Shin, Vav, Vav, Tav
Bet, Reish, Vav, Chaf
Question 5. 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 6. Which contemporary Israeli artist developed a type of minimalism strongly influenced by natural form and the Israeli landscape?
Question 7. The Supreme Court building in Jerusalem was built to face both the city and the:
Independence Hall in Tel Aviv
The Knesset (parliament)
Mount Herzl (military cemetery)
Question 8. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
Question 9. Who is the only Israeli artist included in H. H. Arnason's voluminous "History of Modern Art"?
Question 10. When did Anna Ticho, famous for her drawings of the Jerusalem hills, first move to Jerusalem?
She was born there