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In today's video, can you guess what the topic is gonna be about?
Yes, it's gonna be about art okay!
And I'm going to describe a painting for you guys.
But um, let's have a look at this painting.
So this painting was created by my aunt who went to an art school.
But you know she never really a pursued a career as an artist.
But I think her paintings are pretty amazing.
So in this video today, I'm going to give you guys a
sample answer for the IELTS speaking part 2
It's about describe a work of art, a painting in particular.
But I'm not going to describe this painting.
I'm going to talk about a much more famous painting
That I believe that most of you already know about.
OK so let's get started!
To be completely honest with you, I’m more into
graphic design than fine art, you know
so I'm not really an expert when it comes to
paintings and the like
But if I have to describe a work of art,
the very first thing that springs to mind is probably Mona Lisa
an oil painting by the highly esteemed
Leonard da Vinci
This is perhaps the world’s most critically acclaimed artwork.
Regarding how I got to know this masterpiece,
a few years back when I was still a sophomore in college in Singapore,
at the time I was required to write an art critique essay
So, I took a field trip to an art museum in City Hall,
which is a historic neighborhood in SG
frequented by tons of culture vultures, be it locals or tourists
As I was walking around the museum, I came across
a replica of Mona Lisa, which by the way, left me awestruck!
Moving on the talk about the visual aspect of the masterpiece
it appears that the sitter’s mysterious smile and her unproven identity
have made the painting a source of
ongoing investigation and fascination
The painting features a woman in half-body portrait
which has a distant landscape as a backdrop
What I find particularly captivating was the sensuous curves of
the woman’s hair and clothing, which is
created through the artist's impeccable shading technique
Another striking feature is
Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile
It is believed that whether she smiles or frowns
depends on the viewing distance
When she is viewed from close-up her mouth
appears to take a downwards slant
making her look unhappy, melancholic, and hostile
but when viewed from further away, her mouth
appears to take an upward, smile-like appearance
making her look cheerful and happy
Anyway, I was super impressed by this work of art that
my memory of it is still so vivid till today
Even though fine art isn’t really my kinda thing
my encounter with Mona Lisa to some extent
changed me and helped me appreciate fine art more
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