What do we know about the most famous paintings in the world right now? You see every year billions of dollars’ worth of art sold to auction house. But only a precious few achieve the fame required for being a household name.
We turned to Google to see which paintings topped search results worldwide. We compared dozens of popular masterpieces — from classics such as “Mona Lisa,” “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and the “Salvator Mundi,” to more modern works like “Nighthawks” and even the “Dogs Playing Poker” series.
These are the top 5 world’s most searched paintings in the world based on the results.
Five Most Famous Paintings in the World
1. Mona Lisa
Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Estimated date: 1503-1519
Where it is: Louvre Museum (Paris)
There are no surprises here as Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ topped the world’s famous painting result. Before the 20th century, historians say the “Mona Lisa” was little known outside art circles. But in 1911, an ex-Louvre employee pilfered the portrait and hid it for two years. That theft helped cement the painting’s place in popular culture ever since and exposed millions to Renaissance art.