The picture-perfect Mona Lisa painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci has been crowned as the most Instagrammed work of art in history, according to a new study.
In 2020 alone there were more than six and half million posts about this masterpiece on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter–that’s around one out every ten minutes.
Created in 1503, the renowned portrait came first in the survey by financial website Money.co.uk which ranked paintings based on relevant hashtags shared on Instagram.
The Mona Lisa collected 1,940,692 hashtags, followed by The Starry Night, the 1889 oil-on-canvas painting by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh which garnered 1,733,345 hashtags.
Coming in third was 1908’s The Kiss painting by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt with 263,001 Instagram hashtags.
Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937) came in fourth with 169,727 hashtags, followed by Grant Wood’s 1930 painting American Gothic which collected 98,608 hashtags.
Other paintings top on the list are Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas (39,969 hashtags), Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (15,453 hashtags) and The School of Athens by Raphael (10,258 hashtags).
The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí (10,074 hashtags) and René Magritte’s The Son of Man at 9,857 hashtags closed the top-ten list.
The study compounded a list of the paintings considered to be the most famous in the world then used Instagram to discover how many hashtags each painting had as of Tuesday, January 11.
The survey also included hashtag variations of each painting by entering several versions of the name, such as #thestarrynight and #starrynightvangogh.