Did you know that the tiny state of Israel has more museums per capita than any other country? One of them, the Israel Museum, owes its beginnings to Boris Schatz, who is known as the father of Israeli art. A Lithuanian Jewish sculptor, Schatz founded the Bezalel School of art, design and architecture in Jerusalem in 1906. Thus before the modern state of Israel even existed, the first major milestone to promote the visual arts there had already been accomplished.  The school was named for Bezalel ben Uri, the first artist mentioned in the Bible (Exodus 31:2).