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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 2 - Describe a piece of art that you like

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Describe a piece of art that you like

You should say:

– what the piece of art is

– where and when you saw it

– what it looks like or what it shows

and explain why you like this piece of art

I’m gonna describe the Mona Lisa painting, which I consider one of the masterpieces in the world of the arts. It is also called La Joconde. It is a 16th century portrait depicting a seated woman. It was painted in oil by Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance.

There are many controversies about who posed for the painting. That is one thing I find quite interesting about this work of art. Some have claimed that it was the wife of a wealthy silk merchant, who lived in Florence, where the painting was created. Some also believed that Leonardo had painted himself.

Another attraction of this artwork is the mysterious smile of Mona Lisa, which has, for centuries, fascinated artists, historians and tourists all over the world. This has also captured my attention ever since the first time I saw one replica of this painting in an art exhibition seven years ago.


  • masterpiece (n) tuyệt tác, kiệt tác nghệ thuật

  • portrait (n) bức họa chân dung

  • depict (v) mô tả

  • Renaissance (n) thời kì Phục Hưng

  • controversy (n) tranh cãi

  • pose (v) tạo dáng (để vẽ tranh, chụp ảnh)

  • work of art (n) = artwork (n) tác phẩm nghệ thuật

  • merchant (n) thương gia

  • mysterious (a) bí ẩn

  • capture sb’s attention (v phrase) thu hút sự chú ý của ai đó

  • replica (n) bản sao chép y đúc

  • art exhibition (n) triển lãm nghệ thuật


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