Jewish Art in Late Antiquity: History & Overview


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What was a cause of the aniconism that probably prevented Jewish people from producing more art during Late Antiquity?

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1. The development of synagogues as religious buildings is attributed to _____.

2. Why were the Jewish manuscripts from Late Antiquity known as illuminated manuscripts?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of Late Antiquity Jewish art with this convenient quiz and worksheet. The quiz requires you to know about mosaics and motifs in synagogues, among other aspects of this topic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what the quiz covers:

  • Jewish aniconism
  • Development of synagogues as religious buildings
  • Jewish manuscripts known as illuminated manuscripts
  • Mosaics that decorated the ceilings of synagogues
  • Motifs commonly used for murals of synagogues

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the development of synagogues as religious buildings
  • Making connections - use what you've learned to make connections between aniconism and Late Antiquity Jewish art
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about mosaics in synagogues and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

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  • When the Romans destroyed the Second Temple
  • Recreation of relics and precious objects
  • Use of pagan motifs