Describe a painting or work of art – IELTS Cue Card Sample 76
Describe a painting or work of art
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Sample Answer 1
I’d like to talk about one of the most popular paintings in the world- the Mona Lisa which was painted by an Italian artist- Leonardo DaVinci. This masterpiece was acclaimed as the most recognized and most visited artwork in the history of art. The woman sits markedly upright in an armchair with her arms folded to depict Lisa as a virtuous woman and faithful wife. The painting was one of the first portraits to depict the sitter in front of an imaginary landscape, and Leonardo was one of the first painters to use the toughest drawing technique of all time. The painting is so famous as there are so many hypotheses about it. What attracts me the most about this painting is the Mona Lisa’s charming smile. It’s not only the most beautiful feature on her face but also has lots of mysteries. Some people said that her smile looks different from different angles and it has been at the center of much debate and speculation over the years. The artist created a painting that is worth a thousand words and has become the iconic painting of all time. I personally think Mona Lisa is truly an impressive painting, after all, it was painted by the great Leonardo DaVinci.
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Sample Answer 2
Well, I am a huge admirer of art. In fact, art has been a significant part of my overall upbringing as my father was a painter, and my mother loved the pottery. Thus, throughout my growing years, I was introduced to an array of art forms.
So, talking about a painting that enthralled me to the core would be the painting of Lord Krishna with Radha Rani. Last year, I visited Vrindavan with my family. While roaming around the markets of this city, I mesmerizingly adored the items displayed in shops. That is where I found this painting that bewitched me like nothing else.
So, the painting featured Lord Krishna in dark black color. He was adorned with a light green dress and ornaments of the same color. He held a flute in both his hands. His eyes were closed, and his feet were crossed. Radha rani was standing on his left, wearing the same-colored dress as Lord Krishna. Her hands were on Krishna’s shoulders, and she was spellbindingly looking at her.
One of the things that hooked me about this painting was the attention to detail. I stepped forward and asked the shopkeeper about the artist behind this painting. However, I had to face disappointment as he didn’t know about it. Anyway, the painting was hypnotic and kept me in a trance for a long time.
- Masterpiece: a work done with extraordinary skill especially; a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.
Eg: The painting in the gallery was a masterpiece in the truest sense of the word.
- Be acclaimed as: enthusiastic approval and praise
Eg: The artist’s work was acclaimed as a masterpiece.
- Depict: represented by a drawing, painting, or other art form or portray in words.
Eg: The painting didn’t depict any emotion.
- Virtuous woman and faithful wife: a woman of worth and beauty
Eg: Sita was a virtuous woman and a faithful wife to her husband.
- Hypothesis: an assumption or an idea that is proposed for the sake of an argument or proposition made as a basis for reasoning.
Eg: A hypothesis is tested by finding experimental evidence for it
- After much debate and speculation
Eg: The documentary has become the center of much debate and speculation as the facts in the movie are not true.
- Toughest: strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough handling.
Eg: Wood is the toughest material to be broken by hands.