The Examination (Das Verhören)

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim1868

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Jewish Museum, New York

Seated in his comfortable home, a rabbi tests a student on the portion of the Bible learned during the week. To encourage the boy and perhaps lighten his ordeal, the rabbi's attractive daughter displays a plate of fruit as an eventual reward. The fruit has been interpreted as a symbol of the spirit or intellect; the boy's partaking of it serves to ensure the survival of Judaism.

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  • Title: The Examination (Das Verhören)
  • Creator: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim
  • Date Created: 1868
  • Location: Germany, Europe
  • Physical Dimensions: 26 5/16 × 21 5/8 in. (66.8 × 54.9 cm)
  • Provenance: the artist's family (after 1866; sold to Hermann Cramer); Hermann Cramer, Frankfurt, Germany (until d. 1919); his wife, Hedwig Cramer, Frankfurt, Germany (1919-d. 1934); her son, Sally H. Cramer, Hamburg, Germany, later London, England (1934-d. 1952); his son, Robert Cramer (1952); [sale, ?London, England, about 1952]?.Oscar Gruss, New York, NY (until 1999)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Oil on canvas