From a choice of more than 2,300 works, here are the paintings you visited online the most
1. 'The Arnolfini Portrait' by Jan van Eyck
The most popular painting page, with the highest number of views, is Jan van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait'.
In 2020 we saw a lot of people get creative with bathroom towels, stuffed toys and duvets to recreate this famous painting at home, including TV's favourite pairing Ant and Dec, which may be one reason why this painting takes the crown.
2. 'The Ambassadors' by Hans Holbein the Younger
This painting is much more than just a portrait of the French diplomat Jean de Dinteville (left) and his close friend, Georges de Selve, Bishop of Lavaur; the table they're leaning against is piled with objects: books, musical instruments, globes and fancy star charts, is this 16th-century 'tablescaping'?
Maybe one reason for this painting's popularity in 2020 was as inspiration for 'mantlescaping' – the art of decorating your mantlepiece...
Any house-proud person in 2020 would gladly have this wonderful paraphernalia on display in the background of those important video calls
3. 'Sunflowers' by Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh made his dazzling sunflower paintings to decorate the house he had rented in Arles in readiness for a visit from his friend and fellow artist, Paul Gauguin.
A symbol of happiness for Van Gogh, he hung several of his sunflower works in what would be Gauguin's bedroom.
This reminds us of the brightly coloured rainbows people painted and displayed in their windows to celebrate the country's keyworkers. An act of creativity, kindness and expression.
4. 'The Fighting Temeraire' by Joseph Mallord William Turner
Set against a blazing sunset, the last voyage of the Temeraire – a warship which had played a distinguished role in the Battle of Trafalgar – takes on a greater symbolic meaning, as the age of sail gives way to the age of steam.
The plucky ‘Temeraire’ came to the rescue of Nelson's flagship HMS 'Victory' during the battle, and despite shown here being towed to be scrapped, she retains an air of dignity and pride.
The steam-powered tug is the future; the result of advances and new invention. Turner painted a transitional moment, one of sadness but also of hope. Maybe it was this thought that resonated with people viewing this painting online last year.
5. 'The Virgin of the Rocks' by Leonardo da Vinci
This painting shows the Virgin Mary with Saint John the Baptist, Christ’s cousin, and an angel in adoration of the infant Christ, who raises his hand to bless them.
The Virgin holds her arm tenderly around her nephew while the angel gently supports Christ from behind.
This painting reminds us of how important it is to come together, be close to, and look after those we love. While in 2020 this may not have been possible, this painting reminds us of what we have to look forward to.