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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. Who was Moshe Safdie?
 Israel's first internationally-known glass blower
 Israel's first internationally-known architect
 Israel's first internationally-known sculptor
 Israel's first internationally-known photographer

 

Question 2. How does artist Archie Rand depict biblical characters?
 Comic book style frames
 Abstract color blocks.
 Modern-day IDF soldiers
 Cartoon animals

 

Question 3. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?
 Tel Aviv
 Haifa
 Jerusalem
 Eilat
 Beersheva

 

Question 4. 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 5. Some Jewish homes have a mizrach hanging on the wall, which is meant to remind people
 Of all of the suffering Jews have faced throughout history
 What time to light Shabbat candles
 Which way to direct their prayers (to the east)
 Of their Jewish heritage

 

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

 

Question 8. The Bet Alpha Synagogue shows Greek influence in its
 Zodiac floor mosaic
 Idols of Greek gods
 Hanging gardens
 Use of marble columns
 Ceiling murals

 

Question 9. 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 10. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
 Cubist
 Realist
 Impressionist
 Abstract artist
 Expressionist