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IELTS Cue Card # 238 - A painting or artwork you would like to have at home

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a painting or artwork you would like to have at your home.

You should say:

  •  what painting or artwork it is
  •  how you know about it
  •  how much it would cost you

and explain why you want to have it at your home.


Sample Answer 1:

"The Creation of Adam" painted by Michelangelo is the painting that I would like to have in my house. It is a painting that forms the part of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, and it illustrates the Biblical creation narration of humans from the book of Genesis. This picture depicts the creation of "human" where God breathes life into Adam. This is considered to be one of the finest works ever done by a painter and only rivalled by two other great paintings: Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

I saw a picture of this painting in our history book when I was in high school, and I was amazed by the painting and the idea of the painting. I am sure this painting is priceless, and no individual would be able to own it and hang it in his/her house. But I can buy a copied version of this painting which would cost me around $40.

When I looked at the painting in my early childhood, I was enthralled by the idea and fine work of this painting. This painting inspired me to learn more about painting and the greatest work of mythological paintings. Later I learned about other great paintings by Michelangelo and by other greatest artists. Furthermore, every time I look at this picture, I feel the overwhelming joy of creation, the human race and divinity. Because of this, I would like to have this picture (more accurately the copy of the original one) in my home.


Sample Answer 2:

I have a habit of visiting art galleries and museums from time to time because it allows me to take my mind off the boredom of our daily monotonous life. So, the other day, when I was visiting one of the largest art galleries in my country, I saw the picture of the beautiful artwork called “Las Meninas” in a catalogue of all the famous artworks of the world.

This is the piece of artwork I want to keep at my home.  This beautiful artwork is also called “The Maids of Honour” or “ladies-in-waiting”. “Las Meninas” was painted by a famous artist of Spanish origin called Diego Velazquez who was a court painter to King Philip IV during the early era of Spanish Baroque art (1600-1700).

Originally entitled "The Family of Philip IV," Las Meninas, painted around, 1656 depicts Velazquez himself working in his studio in Madrid's Royal Alcazar Palace. Regarded as one of the most famous and controversial artworks of all time, Las Meninas (The Maids of Honour) is widely viewed as a dialogue between artist and viewer, with its double mirror imagery and sketchy brushwork that brings every figure and object of the room to life. Then, of course, some would view it as just a scene from a play, with all the actors in their pre-planned positions - a blond figure of a 5-year-old infant, the daughter of King Phillip IV of Spain in the central and also the other family members of the king. But, for the most part, this painting has been a mystery for more than three and a half centuries.

Anyway, I want to have this painting at home, which would cost me about 200 US dollars to buy a duplicate one, primarily because of its mysterious nature. I also want to have it at my home because I find it to be a fascinatingly modern painting that has almost a perfect mixture of realism and non-realism (and the opinion is coming from a layman person like me who has almost no or very little idea about artworks).

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  5. Describe a photo or art you remember.
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