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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. Yaccov Agam is famous for what style of painting?
 Polyphonic painting
 Cubism
 Impressionism
 Linear perspective
 Pop art

 

Question 2. Which of the following is an example of Hellenistic influence over Jewish art?
 Herod's restoration of the Jerusalem Temple
 The synagogue at Hamat Tiberias's zodiac circle with Helios the sun god and his chariot at the center
 The floor mosaic of the Bet Alpha Synagogue
 All of the above

 

Question 3. Modigliani, an Italian Jewish painter of the early 20th century, settled in which European city?
 Florence
 Madrid
 Paris
 Lisbon

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. What was Chaim Soutine's signature style?
 Sharp edges
 Thick, black lines
 Dot painting
 Wavy elongation of bodies

 

Question 9. Jerusalem stone is known for its
 Distinct layers multi-colored
 White or cream-colored marble
 Charcoal color
 Similarity to granite

 

Question 10. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
 Marc Chagall
 Jasper Johns
 Jules Olitski
 Harold Rosenberg