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

 

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?
 1906
 1948
 1967
 1895

 

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?
 Moshe Kupferman
 Moshe Gershuni
 Tsibi Geva
 Michael Gross

 

Question 7. The Supreme Court building in Jerusalem was built to face both the city and the:
 Western Wall
 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"?
 Arthur Szyk
 Ben Hecht
 Tobi Kahn
 Jules Olitski

 

Question 9. Who is the only Israeli artist included in H. H. Arnason's voluminous "History of Modern Art"?
 Yaacov Agam
 Michael Gross
 Nahum Gutman
 Moshe Kupferman

 

Question 10. When did Anna Ticho, famous for her drawings of the Jerusalem hills, first move to Jerusalem?
 1893
 1912
 1948
 She was born there