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"Most Googled Paintings (2020)"

With access to museums and galleries restricted since the COVID-19 pandemic started, millions around the world resorted to the internet to quell their thirst for fine art. So what major artworks did they Google the most in 2020?

The list consists of famous masterpieces from the Western canon of art history. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” ranks first among the most searched paintings of last year with over one million online searches on average each month. Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” comes second, with almost half the monthly average search volume (454,500). In third is da Vinci’s Last Supper (343,000).

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"Countries with the most museums (2021)"

According to UNESCO, the United States recorded the highest number of museums globally, with approximately 33,082 institutions as of March 2021.

Germany and Japan followed on the list, with around 6,741 and 5,738 institutions, respectively.

Overall, the current estimated total number of museums worldwide is nearly 104,000.

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Source: UNESCO

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This dataset showcases paintings sold at either public auctions or private sales. Works are inflation adjusted.

The current record price is approximately US$450.3 million (which includes commission) paid for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi in November 2017.


Source: The Art Wolf, Wikipedia, Auction houses

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"Most visited museums worldwide"

Attendance at museums and galleries worldwide declined sharply in 2020 over the previous year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. That year, museums and similar cultural institutions around the globe had to stay close for several months as governments implemented emergency restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.

Overall, the Louvre in Paris, France, recorded the highest figure in 2020, welcoming roughly 2.7 million visitors. In 2019, it registered around 9.6 million visitors. The National Museum of China in Beijing placed second on the ranking in 2020, with 1.6 million visitors. Check out the Top 20 in the dataset below.

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Source: TEA/AECOM 2020 Theme Index and Museum Index: The Global Attractions Attendance Report