The Great Artist is a type of Great Person in Civilization VI dedicated to the creation of Great Works of Art. Each Great Artist may be activated up to three times on a tile containing an empty slot which accepts Great Works of Art (such as a Theater Square district with an Art Museum, a Palace, or the Hermitage), creating up to three Great Works of Art.
Earning Great Artists
Great Artists may be claimed by any player who has earned enough Great Artist points. Theater Squares and Acropoli generate +1 Great Artist point per turn, +2 more if the city has built the Oracle, and Art Museums and Archaeological Museums provide an additional +2 Great Artist points. Broadcast Centers and Film Studios generate a further +1 Great Artist point (for a total of 4 points in that district). The Russian Lavra also provides +1 Great Artist point if there is a Temple in it. More Great Artist points may be earned by completing the Theater Square Performances project in a city with a Theater Square. Players who do not have enough points may patronize an Artist by paying the difference using Faith or Gold.
The Hermitage provides +3 Great Artist points every turn, and can house a total of 4 Great Works of Art of any type.
Players can also increase their Great Artist point yields by using the Frescoes policy card, which generates +2 Great Artist points per turn. In Gathering Storm, it generates 2 additional Great Artist points per turn for every Art Museum owned.
The Stockholm Suzerain bonus (or Bologna in Gathering Storm) increases the number of Great Artist points generated from each Theater Square district by +1. (Note that in Rise and Fall, this bonus is only active if the Theater Square has a completed Amphitheater building.)
The Cathedral provides a slot for religious art. Starting in the Modern Era, Great Artists will no longer produce religious artwork.
|Name||Era||Great Works of Art|
|Andrei Rublev||Renaissance||Annunciation ( Religious), Saviour in Glory ( Religious), Ascension ( Religious)|
|Michelangelo||Renaissance||Sistine Chapel Ceiling ( Religious Art), Pietà ( Sculpture), David ( Sculpture)|
|Donatello||Renaissance||Saint Mark ( Sculpture), Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata ( Sculpture), Judith Slaying Holofernes ( Sculpture)|
|Hieronymus Bosch||Renaissance||The Garden of Earthly Delights ( Religious), The Last Judgement ( Religious), The Haywain Triptych ( Religious)|
|Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād||Renaissance||Battleground of Timur and Egyptian King ( Landscape), Yusef and Zuleykha ( Landscape), Timur Granting Audience on the Occasion of His Accession ( Portrait).|
|Rembrandt van Rijn||Industrial||Andries de Graeff ( Portrait), Agatha Bas ( Portrait), Abraham and Isaac ( Religious).|
|El Greco||Industrial||Adoration of the Magi ( Religious), The Assumption of the Virgin ( Religious), View of Toledo ( Landscape)|
|Qiu Ying||Industrial||Spring Morning in the Han Palace ( Landscape), Fishermen in Reclusion Among the Lotus Stream ( Landscape), Red Cliff ( Landscape)|
|Titian||Industrial||Assunta ( Religious), Salome with the Head of John the Baptist ( Religious), Equestrian Portrait of Charles V ( Portrait)|
|Hasegawa Tōhaku||Industrial||Pine Trees ( Landscape), Maple Tree ( Landscape), Birds and Flowers ( Landscape).|
|Jang Seung-eop||Modern||Samin munnyeondo ( Landscape), Rooster ( Landscape), Ssangma immuldo ( Landscape)|
|Sofonisba Anguissola||Modern||Three Sisters Playing Chess ( Portrait), Phillip II of Spain ( Portrait), A Monk ( Portrait)|
|Angelica Kauffman||Modern||Anna Maria Jenkins and Thomas Jenkins ( Portrait), Portrait of Johann Joachim Winckelmann ( Portrait), Sarah Harrop as a Muse ( Portrait)|
|Katsushika Hokusai||Modern||The Great Wave Off Kanagawa ( Landscape), Lake Suwa in Shinano Province ( Landscape), Fine Wind, Clear Morning ( Landscape).|
|Edmonia Lewis||Atomic||The Death of Cleopatra ( Sculpture), Marriage of Hiawatha and Minnehaha ( Sculpture), Hagar ( Sculpture)|
|Claude Monet||Atomic||Water Lillies ( Landscape), Impression, Sunrise ( Landscape), Haystack at Giverny ( Landscape)|
|Marie-Anne Collot||Atomic||Portrait of Pierre-Étienne Falconet ( Sculpture), Portrait of Catherine II ( Sculpture), Portrait of Marie Cathcart ( Sculpture)|
|Vincent van Gogh||Atomic||Starry Night ( Landscape), Café Terrace at Night ( Landscape), The Night Café ( Landscape)|
|Amrita Sher-Gil||Information||Three Girls ( Portrait), Bride's Toilet ( Portrait), Self Portrait ( Portrait)|
|Boris Orlovsky||Information||Mikhail Kutuzov ( Sculpture), Alexander Column ( Sculpture), Bust of Tsar Alexander ( Sculpture)|
|Gustav Klimt||Information||The Kiss ( Portrait), Avenue in the Park of Schloss Kammer ( Landscape), Farm Garden with Sunflowers ( Landscape)|
|Mary Cassatt||Information||Lydia Leaning on Her Arms ( Portrait), The Child's Bath ( Portrait), The Cup of Tea ( Portrait)|
|Wassily Kandinsky||Information||Composition 8 ( Landscape), Blue Rider ( Portrait), Red Square ( Landscape).|
Scenario-specific Great Artists
Among the three classes of "cultural" Great People, Great Artists are undoubtedly the most important one when pursuing a Cultural Victory. A Great Work of Art provides more Tourism than a Great Work of Writing, and a Great Artist can create more Great Works than a Great Writer. Also, Great Artists arrive much earlier to have an impact than Great Musicians. However, 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 Culture and Tourism bonuses only if they are properly themed (i.e. have all three slots filled with Sculpture, Portrait, Landscape or 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 Faith and/or Gold to patronize the Artists you need the most.
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.