PTE听力练习题81 - Andrew Jackson

PTE考生目前最大的问题之一就是练习题缺乏。除了有限的基本官方书(PLUSTestbuilder, OG)之外,就没有题了。很多英语基础不是很扎实的同学很难找到练习材料。墨尔本文波雅思PTE培训学校专门为墨尔本,悉尼PTE考生准备了PTE练习的lecture 93篇。各位PTE同学可以练习阅读,练习记笔记技巧,可以练习复述,甚至可以练习describe image。废话少说,下面开始:


And as we enter this next gallery, please turn your attention to the statue on your right. It’s a bust of the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. It was done by American sculptor Hiram Powers. Mr. Powers is particularly significant to our sculpture collection here at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His statue entitled California was the first work by an American artist to become part of the collection at the Met. But back to this piece. When Powers was modeling this bust, he asked the President, who was 68 years old at the time, if he wanted to be made to appear younger than that. President Jackson replied that he didn’t; so as you can see, he’s shown here with wrinkles and lines of aging etched on his face. Consequently, this bust is considered to be one of the most realistic portrayals of Andrew Jackson. Powers traveled from his studio in Italy to the White House to do the original study for the bust. He did the study in clay, but he sculpted the final statue from fine Italian marble, as you can see. I should add that the usual practice at the time was to get local artisans to do the actual carving of the marble. Note that the President is draped in a Roman toga. This is because in the nineteenth century that was the customary attire for representations of heads of state and other important figures. Powers kept the bust in his studio until after President Jackson’s death, when it was sold to the Democratic Club in New York City. It was lent to us here at the Met in 1874 and twenty years later became part of our permanent collection. Now, if you’ll step this way, we’ll move on to the next piece.

【生词摘录】

1. gallery: n. [C]展览馆,画廊 2. statue: n. [C]雕像
3. bust: n. [C]半身像
4. collection: n. [C]收藏

5. entitle: v. 给„题名或命名 6. model: v. 模仿
7. wrinkle: n. [C]皱纹
8. etch: v. 蚀刻

9. consequently: adv. 因此 10.portrayal: n. [C]画像,肖像 11.original: adj. 第一手的,最初的,原始的 12.clay: n. [C]粘土
13.marble: n. [C]大理石
14.artisan: n. [C]工匠,技工 15.drape: v. 遮盖
16.toga: n. [C]宽大长袍 17.customary: adj. 习惯的,惯例的 18.attire: n. [C]服装

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