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Aesthetics is a social policy in Civilization V. It is part of the Patronage tree.

In Brave New World it was converted to a social policy tree and is available at the start of the Classical Era. Its social policy effect was transferred to Consulates.

Game Info[]

Vanilla and Gods & Kings[]

Resting point for Influence (Civ5).png Influence level with all City-States is increased by 20.

Brave New World[]

Aesthetics improves the civilization's ability to generate Culture Culture.

Adopting Aesthetics allows you to earn Great Writers, Artists, and Musicians 25% faster. Unlocks building the Uffizi.

Adopting all policies doubles the theming bonus you receive from Museums and Wonders. It also allows the purchase of Great Writers, Artists, or Musicians with Faith Faith starting in the Industrial Era.

Policy Effect Requirement
Cultural Centers Cultural Centers Construct Monuments, Amphitheaters, Opera Houses, Museums and Broadcast Towers 50% faster. Adopting Aesthetics
Fine Arts Fine Arts 50% of excess 20xHappiness5.png Happiness added each turn to the amount of Culture Culture that may be spent on Social Policies or Ideological Tenets. Adopting Aesthetics
Flourishing of the Arts Flourishing of the Arts Culture Culture increased by 33% in all cities which have built a World Wonder and the empire immediately enters a 20xGoldenAge5.png Golden Age. Cultural Centers & Fine Arts
Artistic Genius Artistic Genius A Great Artist appears. Fine Arts
Cultural Exchange Cultural Exchange Increases the Tourism Tourism modifier for Shared Religion, Trade Routes, and Open Borders by 15% each. Flourishing of the Arts


Main article: Social strategy (Civ5)#Aesthetics

Civilopedia entry[]

Aesthetics is the philosophy of the nature of art and taste, concerned with the creation and appreciation of material beauty. It should be noted that aesthetics does not encompass the functionality or utility of a thing, focusing only on its beauty of form, color, contrast and other artistic aspects.

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Civilization V Social Policies [edit]
Tradition AristocracyLanded EliteLegalismMonarchyOligarchy
Liberty CitizenshipCollective RuleMeritocracyRepresentationRepublic
Honor DisciplineMilitary CasteMilitary TraditionProfessional ArmyWarrior Code
Piety Free ReligionMandate of HeavenOrganized ReligionReformationReligious ToleranceTheocracy
Patronage AestheticsConsulatesCultural DiplomacyEducated EliteMerchant ConfederacyPhilanthropyScholasticism
Commerce EntrepreneurshipMercantilismMercenary ArmyMerchant NavyNaval TraditionProtectionismTrade Unions Wagon Trains
Rationalism Free ThoughtHumanismScientific RevolutionSecularismSovereignty
Aesthetics Artistic GeniusCultural CentersCultural Exchange Fine ArtsFlourishing of the Arts
Exploration Maritime InfrastructureMerchant NavyNaval TraditionNavigation SchoolTreasure Fleets
Freedom Civil SocietyConstitutionDemocracyFree SpeechUniversal Suffrage
Autocracy FascismMilitarismPolice StatePopulismTotal War
Order CommunismNationalismPlanned EconomySocialismUnited Front