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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. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
 Cubist
 Realist
 Impressionist
 Abstract artist
 Expressionist

 

Question 2. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
 England
 Israel
 United States
 Canada

 

Question 3. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?
 Mishkenot Sha'ananim
 Ma'a lot Dafna
 Meah Shearim
 Beit Hanina

 

Question 4. True or False: Micrography creates images out of words
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. Which biblical character was appointed to build the Tabernacle?
 Moses
 Bezalel
 Joshua
 Miriam
 Abraham

 

Question 8. 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 9. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
 Marie Antoinette
 Cleopatra
 Dolly Madison
 Anne Boleyn

 

Question 10. Modigliani, an Italian Jewish painter of the early 20th century, settled in which European city?
 Florence
 Madrid
 Paris
 Lisbon