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 modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
Question 2. True or False: Jewish papercutting has always been limited to very rare items or ritual objects.
Question 3. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
Question 4. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
Arches and cathedral-like architecture
Question 5. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
Question 6. What was Chaim Soutine's signature style?
Thick, black lines
Wavy elongation of bodies
Question 7. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?
The Middle Ages
During the European Renaissance
During the period of immigration to America
Question 8. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
Question 9. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
Question 10. Which contemporary Israeli artist developed a type of minimalism strongly influenced by natural form and the Israeli landscape?