As the pandemic numbers improve in some countries and worsen in others, it is always refreshing to escape reality by immersing yourself in the curious and enriching world of art.
Art itself is a complete universe of vast information and evolutionary history of the human being, which is linked to our DNA from the first cave figures in the caves of Altamira to Banksy's graffiti.
But there are ways to cheat the slow acquisition of knowledge, and this time Kuadros brings you a compendium of 10 fascinating statistics from the art world, with some data especially influenced by the COVID pandemic.
Some statistics are very predictable, for example, What is the most wanted painting on the planet? Here the fascination for La Gioconda does not let up. Other times, we are surprised by emerging movements like digital art and the new NFTs.
Let's get straight to the point and explore the 10 most curious statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic:
No.1 What are the 6 paintings most searched by users?
- The Mona Lisa , Leonardo Da Vinci: 10 million searches per year
- The Creation of Adam , Michelangelo: 5 million searches
- The Starry Night , Vincent Van Gogh: 3 million searches
- Girl with a Pearl Earring , Johannes Vermeer: 1.5 million searches
- The Scream , Eduard Munch: 500,000 searches
- The Last Supper , Leonardo Da Vinci: 460,000 searches
Source: Google Arts
No. 02 What style of painting sells the most?
Abstract Paintings are the best-selling paintings
Since most abstract artworks do not have a recognizable theme or relate to anything external, viewers often interpret an abstract painting for themselves. So it makes sense that abstract paintings are always the best sellers in the art world.
Within abstract art, there are different themes, such as the geometric work of Piet Mondrian and the more fluid spontaneous paintings of Wassily Kandinsky or Jackson Pollock.
Learn a little more about the fascinating world of lyrical abstraction and its secrets .
Angel of the Last Judgment - Kandinsky
No. 03 What are the 10 most famous paintings in history?
- The Mona Lisa , Leonardo Da Vinci
- The Last Supper , Leonardo da Vinci
- The Starry Night , Vincent Van Gogh
- The Scream , Edward Munch
- Guernica , Pablo Picasso
- The Kiss , Gustav Klimt
- Girl with a Pearl Earring , Johannes Vermeer
- The Birth of Venus , Sandro Botticelli
- Las Meninas , Diego Velazquez
- The Creation of Adam , Michelangelo
The Birth of Venus - Botticelli
You can also see our complete list of the 100 most famous paintings in history .
No. 03 Who are the 10 most important painters in history?
- Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Painter, scientist, inventor and boundless celebrity of the Renaissance. Da Vinci is one of the most famous painters in the world for his iconic Mona Lisa and The Last Supper .
- Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. His famous paintings include; Los Girasoles , La Noche Estrellada and Café Terraza At Night .
- Rembrandt (1606–1669) Dutch master. One of the greatest painters in history, admired for his vivid realism. His famous paintings include The Jewish Bride and The Storm on the Sea of Galilee .
- Michelangelo (1475-1564) Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect. His famous paintings include his epic mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which includes the famous Creation of Adam .
- Claude Monet (1840-1926), French impressionist painter. His famous paintings include The Water Lilies , Women in the Garden , and Impression of the Rising Sun.
- Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter, modern "Cubist". His famous works include Guernica and La Paloma de la Paz.
- Raphael (1483-1520), Italian painter. Raphael, da Vinci and Michelangelo form the trinity of the High Renaissance. His famous paintings include Crucifixion Mond and The Wedding of the Virgin .
- Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) French painter, one of the early pioneers of Impressionism. Also influenced by the Italian Renaissance. Famous works include Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette and The Rowers' Luncheon .
- Johan Vermeer (1632–1675) Dutch painter specializing in genre painting: vivid still life depictions. His famous paintings include View of Delft , Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Milkmaid .
- Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), French Post-Impressionist painter. His famous paintings include: The Card Players and The Great Bathers .
Crucifixion Mond - Raphael
No. 04 Which artist is the most searched on Google?
As art lovers around the world have been forced to spend much of the past year without access to museums and galleries, 2020 was the year that keyboards and screens, rather than in-person visits, brought us closer to our Favourite artists.
Gareth Evans, search engine optimization consultant for Ken Bromley Art Supplies, compiled data from 199 countries taken from Google Keyword Planner, an analysis tool that ranks terms used by the autocomplete search bar feature.
Leonardo da Vinci was by far the most popular artist, topping searches in 84 countries (42%), including most of Eastern Europe, South Asia, and South and East Africa. Interest in the artist was fueled by the major exhibitions (both virtual and physical) that opened in 2019, to commemorate the 500th. anniversary of his death, as well as the continuing stories surrounding the attribution of his famous painting, Salvator Mundi , the most expensive painting in history.
Salvator Mundi - Leonardo Da Vinci
No. 05 Was the Mona Lisa a real person?
The writings of the time say that Lisa Gherardini, the real Mona Lisa , was a very beautiful woman.
We have always been fascinated by the painting of the famous Gioconda. It is a must see every time we come to Paris. However, few know that the protagonist really existed and lived in Florence.
A new book on the subject suggests the Mona Lisa posed with a dark smile because she married a slave trader at just 15 years of age.
Lisa Gherardini, the real-life model who posed for the iconic painting was thrust into a wedding with wealthy Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo.
To properly understand the history of the Mona Lisa, it is important to investigate the relevance of the famous Giocondo and its place in Tuscan society.
Francesco del Giocondo, born in 1465, was only 24 years old when he was elected in 1489 as Consul of the Silk Guild - 'L'Arte della Seta' - his ambition and business acumen were recognized early on.
In the year 1472, Benedetto Dei, a chronicler and commercial agent for the Medici family, reported that there were eighty-three major silk workshops in Florence. The Silk Guild, also known as "Arte di Por San Maria", was one of the most powerful guilds in the city: it oversaw production and ensured that all silk fabrics made in the city adhered to strict standards. measurement and quality. Many types of silk fabrics and velvets were produced in Florence, but the most famous were the "auroserici", silk fabrics enhanced with gold thread, which dominated the world textile market during the Renaissance. Del Giocondo and his brothers owned two shops and rented an additional one in the Por Santa María area, which has been linked to the silk trade since the 14th century.
Francesco del Giocondo's coup in enlisting the services of the great Leonardo to paint a portrait of his wife was indeed an extraordinary achievement, considering the lofty environment in which the artist normally worked.
It should be noted that there is no record of Francesco del Giocondo making a payment to da Vinci, nor is there any mention of the painting in his will. Such an important painting by the great master would probably have been noticed and this is further proof that the great master would not have handed over the unfinished Mona Lisa, but would have taken it with him when he left the Tuscan city.
Replica of the Mona Lisa made by Kuadros - Leonardo Da Vinci
No. 06 Which art will sell the most in 2021-2022?
There are many factors that determine which art will sell best in specific markets.
Landscapes have traditionally been thought to sell the strongest, followed by seascapes and still lifes, followed by the figure, of which the male figure typically sold more slowly than the female figure.
Abstract work used to float somewhere in the middle. That state of affairs is no longer true. Geographic regions and cultural influences often determine which type of art will sell more than another.
In 2021, the phenomenon of NFTs (One Non-Fungible Token), or original art sold as a simple digital file, exploded. The allure of NFTs for the buyer is knowing that they have purchased the original artist file, even though the image can be copied an infinite number of times. The explosion of NFTs in the market is accompanied by the flourishing in the cryptocurrency market.
During the height of the pandemic, an NFT by artist Beeple sold at Christie's for nearly $70 million, making it the most expensive NFT ever sold at auction.
The final sale price may increase as final bids are processed and auction fees are added, which could raise the auction total. But the sale capped two weeks of frantic online bidding and ushered in a new era in collectibles, where prices for blockchain-based digital images now rival the prices paid for Picassos and Monets.
While the future of NFT prices and their long-term role in the art world remains an open question, and seen by many as a speculative fad, the Beeple's eight-figure price tag has caused the art world to take new trend note.
The traded art of NFTs is expected to increase considerably in 2021-2022.
NFT sold by Beeple for $69 million
No. 07 What makes a painting valuable? 10 factors that make a painting cost what it costs
During the COVID pandemic, a Francis Bacon painting sold for $84 million at a Sotheby's auction, making it one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction. But how can a canvas covered in paint be worth such a staggering sum, even in hard times?
These are the 10 factors that make a painting valuable:
- Authenticity of the painting . The first element that distinguishes a cheap painting from an expensive one is, of course, its authenticity. A real Monet will always be worth more than a replica.
- Origin of the painting . The provenance of a work of art, or the history of who it has belonged to, is another determining factor of its value. For example, if a painting was once owned by a prominent collector or came from a respected gallery, it will automatically increase in value.
- Condition of the work . This item is a bit of a no-brainer, but the condition of a painting is an important factor. If, for example, a work of art has sun damage or a break, that will negatively affect its price.
- historical significance . The lover of a painting must ask himself: is this work an important player in the canon of art history? If so, several zeros can be added to the final price of it.
- The popularity of the artist . Similarly, if the artist is hot at the moment, their artwork will sell for much more, regardless of whether the work has long-term staying power.
- Recognition . If the artwork in question exhibits recognizable characteristics of a famous artist, it will increase in value. For example, a cubist painting by Picasso will usually cost more than one of his early landscapes, because people always associate Picasso with the cubist movement.
- Artist Background . If an artist has an interesting backstory, like an untimely death, for example, the price will go up. This is partly due to whether the painter produced fewer works, by virtue of dying young. If that is the case, the laws of supply and demand come into play. Also the life of artists tends to fascinate the public, so any captivating story of a painter will help sell their work for a higher price.
- The middle of the work . Generally speaking, works on canvas will always outsell works on paper. Likewise, the paintings will outsell a design sketch or of course a print.
- the colour . Color also comes into play when determining the value of a painting. Historically, paints containing red, for example, have always cost more.
- The theme . Artworks of certain subjects tend to sell for more than others. For example, paintings of beautiful women tend to be worth more than paintings of men, although there are of course exceptions to this rule. Sunny landscapes tend to trump dark ones, as do ships in calm seas over ships in a storm. However, it is worth noting that when we are talking about the work of a very famous painter, these rules do not tend to apply. For example, they do not apply to Rembrandt's Storm on the Sea of Galilee .
Storm on the Sea of Galilee - Rembrandt
And to conclude, there is an intangible factor of great influence on the value of a painting, the "Power of the wall". Although difficult to quantify in words, the "Wall Power" of an artwork is perhaps the most important determining factor in estimating its final value. If a work surprises and inspires the audience, it will help the final price of the work to skyrocket.
No. 08 What were the most sought after paintings during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021)?
See the full lists of the top 10 most searched paintings on Google in 2020 here (figures represent the average monthly number of global online searches):
- Leonardo da Vinci, "Mona Lisa" - 1,024,000 monthly views
- Pablo Picasso, “Guernica” - 454,500 monthly views
- Leonardo da Vinci, "The Last Supper" - 343,000 monthly views
- Edvard Munch, "The Scream" - 241,000 monthly views
- Diego Velázquez, "Las Meninas" - 140,000 monthly views
- Grant Wood, "American Gothic" - 136,000 monthly views
- Michelangelo, "Creation of Adam" - 105,150 monthly views
- Johannes Vermeer, "The Girl with a Pearl Earring" - 86,000 monthly views
- Salvador Dali, "The Persistence of Memory" - 78,400 monthly views
- Hieronymus Bosch, "The Garden of Earthly Delights" - 58,000 monthly views
The Garden of Earthly Delights - Hieronymous Bosch
No. 09 What are the top 100 words of art most searched by users?
- Pet Art
- Electronic Arts
- Nail Arts
- pixel art
- Creative Arts Agency
- Wallpaper Art
- Martial Arts
- Nail designs
- arts and crafts
- paper art
- art supplies
- nude art
- optical art
- Modern Art
- Fine arts
- Liberal arts
- Art Games
- Text Art
- Free Clipart Images
- Photographic art
- Word Art
- Art Galeries
- sex art
- sex art
- art of living
- Licensed in letters
- Contemporary art
- line art
- erotic art
- body art
- music and arts
- Conceptual art
- digital arts
- works of art
- Metal Wall Art
- Art Institutes
- Institute of Arts
- Visual arts
- art elements
- Renaissance art
- Art Studios
- art print
- 3d art
- Arts Box
- Bell Art
- Art director
- Art Designs
- Art Definition
- Artistic Nudes
- art images
- Culinary art
- art for kids
- Art Stores
- collage art
- metal art
- art images
- black art
- sand art
- art house
- animation art
- Nail Art Kit
- Performing Arts
- The art of seduction
- Art Schools
- art news
- Art Projects
- Craft Stores
- Types of art
- art sex
- Art Forum
- clay art
- Tattoo Art
- pencil art
- Art Club
- Sword Art
- Master of arts
- School of Visual Arts
- Graphic arts
- art classes
- History of art
- performance art
- Artistic movement
- Art and culture
- art station
- Free Clipart Images
- Art Ideas
- art for sale
- Conceptual art
- Principles of Art
- creative arts
- fantasy art
- nude art
- food art
- Art Books
- Wood Art
- Popular art
- anime art
No. 10 What are the top 10 art apps on Google Play?
- Google Arts & Culture
- Daily Art
- history of art
- sketch book
- Ibis PaintX
- Medibang Paint
Kuadros, a famous painting on his wall.