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. Which biblical character was appointed to build the Tabernacle?
Question 2. 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 3. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?
Ma'a lot Dafna
Question 4. Yaccov Agam is famous for what style of painting?
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. Which artist, and eventual Holocaust victim, captured the fear of the time in his painting, "Self Portrait with Jewish Identity Card"?
Question 7. 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 8. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
Question 9. 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 10. True or False: Jewish papercutting has always been limited to very rare items or ritual objects.