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The Great Artist is a Great Person in Civilization IV.


The following Great Wonders increase the likelihood of generating a Great Artist:

The following National Wonders increase the likelihood of generating a Great Artist:


  • Like that of other Great People, the appearance of a Great Artist varies by the era one's civilization is in:
  • During the Medieval and Renaissance Eras, a Great Artist's appearance is themed as a Shakespearean performer. When joining a city or creating a Great Work, he makes an unintelligible quote that sounds like a dramaticized version of the famous quote "To be or not to be" from Hamlet. In reality, this line is done by Hamlet while partially insane. He also holds up the skull of Yoric, which is also from a famous scene. In reality, the skull is discovered in a graveyard, and Hamlet comments more solemnly about it.
  • During the Modern Era, Great Artists have the appearance of rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley during the time when his preferred clothes had rhinestones on them.
  • The button for "Create Great Work" depicts Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting Mona Lisa.

List of Great Artists[]

The following characters can appear as Great Artists:

List of Technologies Researchable by Great Artists[]

Civilization IV Units [edit]
Land Anti-TankB Archer (BowmanB Skirmisher) Artillery Axeman (Dog SoldierB Phalanx VultureB) Cannon Catapult (HwachaW) Cavalry (Cossack) Chariot (Immortal War Chariot) Crossbowman (Cho-Ko-Nu) CuirassierB (Conquistador) Explorer Grenadier Gunship Horse Archer (Keshik Numidian CavalryW) Infantry Knight (Camel Archer CataphractB) Longbowman Maceman (BerserkerW Samurai) Machine Gun Marine (Navy SEAL) Mechanized Infantry Mobile ArtilleryB Mobile SAMB Modern Armor Musketman (JanissaryW Musketeer Oromo WarriorB) ParatrooperB Pikeman (LandsknechtB) Rifleman (Redcoat) SAM Infantry Scout Spearman (HolkanB ImpiW) Swordsman (Gallic WarriorW Jaguar Praetorian) Tank (Panzer) TrebuchetW War Elephant (Ballista ElephantB) Warrior (Quechua)
Naval Attack SubmarineB Battleship Caravel (CarrackB) Carrier Destroyer Frigate Galleon (East IndiamanB) Galley Ironclad Missile CruiserB PrivateerB Ship of the LineB Stealth DestroyerB Submarine Transport TriremeW
Air AirshipB Bomber Fighter Guided MissileB ICBM Jet Fighter Stealth Bomber Tactical NukeB
Civilian Corporate ExecutiveB Missionary Settler Spy Work Boat Worker (Fast Worker)
Great People Great Artist Great Engineer Great GeneralW Great Merchant Great Prophet Great Scientist Great SpyB
W Added in Warlords B Added in Beyond the Sword