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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. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
 Marc Chagall
 Jasper Johns
 Jules Olitski
 Harold Rosenberg

 

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

 

Question 3. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
 Marc Chagall
 Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
 Mark Rothko
 Peter Max
 Chaim Soutine

 

Question 4. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
 Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
 Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
 Arches and cathedral-like architecture
 Outdoor gardens

 

Question 5. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
 Arthur Szyk
 Ben Hecht
 Tobi Kahn
 Jules Olitski

 

Question 6. What was Chaim Soutine's signature style?
 Sharp edges
 Thick, black lines
 Dot painting
 Wavy elongation of bodies

 

Question 7. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?
 Biblical times
 The Middle Ages
 During the European Renaissance
 During the period of immigration to America

 

Question 8. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
 England
 Israel
 United States
 Canada

 

Question 9. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
 Marie Antoinette
 Cleopatra
 Dolly Madison
 Anne Boleyn

 

Question 10. Which contemporary Israeli artist developed a type of minimalism strongly influenced by natural form and the Israeli landscape?
 Moshe Kupferman
 Moshe Gershuni
 Tsibi Geva
 Michael Gross