IELTS Cue Card Sample 293 - Describe a historical figure who you know about

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

Describe a historical figure who you know about.

You should say:

  • Who is s/he
  • How s/he is famous
  • Where & when s/he lived

and explain his/ her contribution to the world.

Model Answer:
Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most significant persons in world history and he is often considered as the most diversely talented person ever to have lived in human history. His full name was ‘Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci’ and lived from 1452 – 1519 mainly in Italy. He had an incomparable talent and he excelled as a painter, engineer, mathematician, architect, geologist, writer, cartographer, inventor, botanist, sculptor, anatomist, and musician.

He probably would have been a famous person in history only because of his perfection and talent in art, let along the other talents he had. He was a genius and a second to none figure of Renaissance humanist ideal. The talent, curiosity and logic he presented at his time of living were simply superhuman. His famous painting includes Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Vitruvian Man, The Creation of Adam and the world now revere these works as the greatest artworks of all time. In many art colleges and institutes, his works are considered to be the model works and grammar for fine work on art. His arts, paintings and notebooks compose a contribution to later generations of artists.

He is also esteemed for his ingenuity in technology and many of his ideas inspired some later invention in the field of science and engineering. His contribution in technology includes the conceptualization and experiments in solar power, flying machines, armoured vehicles, calculating machine etc. He was a high-class inventor and visionary of science. His other inventions like bobbin winder, optics and hydrodynamics were well ahead of his time. He has great contribution in anatomy, civil engineering and optics as well.   It would require a large volume of books to list down his contributions and talents. He would be revered throughout the history and in my opinion, he is one of most influential and famous historical figure the world has ever seen.  

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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

  1. Describe a famous person you know about.
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  4. Describe an important historical figure.
  5. Describe a talented person you know about.
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