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. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
Question 2. Which object is described as a piece of art made by Moses himself
The Ten Commandments
The Temple entryway
The Bronze Serpent
The Burning Bush
The Golden Calf
Question 3. When was the Bezalel School in Jerusalem founded?
Question 4. How did Moshe Kupferman express his experience in Polish concentration camps through his paintings?
He employed muted colors and geometric formations
He only painted in shades of black
He used finger painting and other child-like qualities to represent a loss of innocence
He blended photography, newspaper clippings, and other mediums into his work
Question 5. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
Arches and cathedral-like architecture
Question 6. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?
Ma'a lot Dafna
Question 7. 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 8. Some Jewish homes have a mizrach hanging on the wall, which is meant to remind people
Of all of the suffering Jews have faced throughout history
What time to light Shabbat candles
Which way to direct their prayers (to the east)
Of their Jewish heritage
Question 9. 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 10. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?