PTE Part 1 Item type 7 – Summarise a written text – practice exercise 3

PTE Part 1 Summarise a written text practice exercise 3PTE Part 1 Summarise a written text practice exercise 3. Read the passage below and summarize it using one sentence. Type your response in the box at the bottom of the screen. You have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.

How can something with such subjective appeal as a piece of art be valued? While one painting may appeal to one person, but not another, there are essentially a number of factors which lay the groundwork for the pricing of art. It can be said that whether an artwork is visually attractive or interesting to look at, is, in point of fact, one of the less important consideration when establishing a monetary value for the work.

First and foremost is the question of authenticity and, surprisingly, there are levels of authenticity. A genuine Old Master is the real deal, but centuries-old copies and works done in the style of an Old Master by a relatively unknown craftsman can also attract the attention of galleries and collectors.

A second and equally critical consideration is the artist who did the work. Questions of their importance in art history and how fashionable they are may also play their role in determining market value of a particular piece.

Additionally, people place importance on the history of the painting, who has owned it previously, which collections it has been in. This is called the painting’s provenance.

As previously indicated, perhaps the least important factor relates to the aesthetic attraction of the painting, or what is sometimes referred to as ‘wall power’, more crucial is consideration of whether people actually want to own the painting due to other reasons.

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Artworks are valued based upon a number of factors which include whether the painting is genuine, who it was painted by, that artist’s reputation in the art world, and the artwork’s prominence, i.e. previous ownership and where it has been exhibited; the attractiveness of the art is said to be less significant than the factors mentioned previously.

The answer above covers the key aspects of the text – factors that influence the monetary value of a piece of art and their relative importance.


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