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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. The Second Commandment prohibits
 Graven images
 Desecrating the Sabbath
 Murder
 Adultery

 

Question 2. Sharon Ya'ari, winner of the 2006 Israel Prize for outstanding visual art, is best known for taking photographs of
 Israeli landscapes with an eye for photojournalism
 Israeli soldiers as models to recreate famous paintings such as The Last Supper
 Everyday symbols and ornamentation of Arab and Israeli life
 Ordinary scenes that hint at an undercurrent of anxiety always present in Israeli society

 

Question 3. Which artist, and eventual Holocaust victim, captured the fear of the time in his painting, "Self Portrait with Jewish Identity Card"?
 Felix Nussbaum
 Mikhail Gorman
 Chaim Soutine
 Yaakov Agam

 

Question 4. Jerusalem stone is known for its
 Distinct layers multi-colored
 White or cream-colored marble
 Charcoal color
 Similarity to granite

 

Question 5. 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 6. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
 Marc Chagall
 Jasper Johns
 Jules Olitski
 Harold Rosenberg

 

Question 7. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
 Marc Chagall
 Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
 Mark Rothko
 Peter Max
 Chaim Soutine

 

Question 8. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
 Marie Antoinette
 Cleopatra
 Dolly Madison
 Anne Boleyn

 

Question 9. Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev is about a young Hasidic painter dealing with:
 The challenge of promoting his work during World War II
 The shift in Jewish art trends from the classical to modern
 The rising price of paint in his shtetl
 Choosing between religion and art

 

Question 10. 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