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The Great Artist is a civilian unit in Civilization VI, a GreatPerson6 Great Person who creates Great Works of Art. It appears once enough Artist6 Great Artist points are earned (and can be rushed with Civ6Gold Gold or Civ6Faith Faith through Patronage).

Each Great Artist can create three Great Works of Art of one of these types: Sculpture6 Sculpture, Portrait6 Portrait, GreatWorkArt6 Landscape or ReligiousArt6 Religious.

Great ArtistsEdit

Name Era Great Works of Art
Andrei Rublev Renaissance Annunciation (ReligiousArt6 Religious), Saviour in Glory (ReligiousArt6 Religious), Ascension (ReligiousArt6 Religious)
Michelangelo Renaissance Sistine Chapel Ceiling (ReligiousArt6 Religious Art), Pieta (Sculpture6 Sculpture), David (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Donatello Renaissance Saint Mark (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Gattamelata (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Judith Slaying Holofernes (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Hieronymus Bosch Renaissance The Garden of Earthly Delights (ReligiousArt6 Religious), The Last Judgement (ReligiousArt6 Religious), The Haywain Triptych (ReligiousArt6 Religious)
Rembrandt van Rijn Industrial Andries de Graeff (Portrait6 Portrait), Agatha Bas (Portrait6 Portrait), Abraham and Isaac (ReligiousArt6 Religious).
El Greco Industrial Adoration of the Magi (ReligiousArt6 Religious), The Assumption of the Virgin (ReligiousArt6 Religious), View of Toledo (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Qiu Ying Industrial Spring Morning in the Han Palace (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Fisherman in Reclusion Among the Lotus Stream (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Red Cliff (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Titian Industrial Assunta (ReligiousArt6 Religious), Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (ReligiousArt6 Religious), Equestrian Portrait of Charles V (Portrait6 Portrait)
Jang Seung-eop Modern "Saminmunnyeondo" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), "Rooster" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), "Ssangma Immuldo"(GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Sofonisba Anguissola Modern Three Sisters Playing Chess (Portrait6 Portrait), Phillip II of Spain (Portrait6 Portrait), A Monk (Portrait6 Portrait)
Angelica Kauffman Modern Ana Maria Jenkins and Thomas Jefferson (Portrait6 Portrait), Portrait of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (Portrait6 Portrait), Sarah Harrop as a Muse (Portrait6 Portrait)
Katsushika Hokusai Modern "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), "Lake Suwa in Shinano" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), "Fuji Mountains in Clear Weather" (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape).
Edmonia Lewis Atomic The Death of Cleopatra (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Marriage of Hiawatha (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Pompeiian Girl (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Claude Monet Atomic Water Lillies (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Sunrise Impression (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Haystack at Giverny (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Marie-Anne Collot Atomic Portrait of Pierre Etienne Falconet (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Portrait of Catherine II (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Portrait of Marie Cathcart (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Vincent van Gogh Atomic Starry Night (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Café Terrace at Night (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), The Night Cafe (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Amrita Sher-Gil Information Three Girls (Portrait6 Portrait), Bride's Toliet (Portrait6 Portrait), Self Portrait (Portrait6 Portrait)
Boris Orlovsky Information Mikhail Kutuzov (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Alexander Victory Column (Sculpture6 Sculpture), Bust of Tsar Alexander (Sculpture6 Sculpture)
Gustav Klimt Information The Kiss (Portrait6 Portrait), Avenue of Schloss Kammer Park (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape), Sunflower (GreatWorkArt6 Landscape)
Mary Cassatt Information Lydia Leaning on Her Arms (Portrait6 Portrait), The Child's Bath (Portrait6 Portrait), The Cup of Tea (Portrait6 Portrait)

StrategyEdit

Great Artists are very helpful when pursuing a Cultural Victory, but their Great Works have to be micromanaged carefully for optimal effect. Only Art Museums and the Hermitage have slots specifically for Great Works of Art, and the former will yield their maximum Civ6Culture Culture and Tourism6 Tourism bonuses only if they are properly themed (i.e. have all three slots filled with GreatWorkArt6 Landscapes, Portrait6 Portraits, Sculpture6 Sculptures, or ReligiousArt6 Religious Art from different Artists), so you'll need at least three Great Artists to earn the theming bonus from each Art Museum. If you plan to rely on them heavily, be sure to include the Frescoes Policy Card in your government, exchange Great Works of Art with other civilizations that are focusing on cultural development, and save up Civ6Faith Faith and/or Civ6Gold Gold to patronize the Artists you need the most.

Historical ContextEdit

Artists are the visionaries of civilization. They daub paint on canvas or chip away at stone, and leave it to others to find vision and meaning therein. They interpret the world and give beauty, brilliance, form, and color to the mundane; these are those who paint the pictures, carve the statues, take the photos, and make the films that define and reinforce our humanity. Sometimes they are appreciated in their lifetime; usually, not. Sometimes they make a living with their art; usually, not. However, the work of these artists can, occasionally, surpass its time and place, enlightening and elevating a people, making a civilization far greater than its material wealth and worldly power.

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