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 Fortress Mode
Art is a generic term for a way of recording history. You can order your dwarves to create art by ordering them to smooth and engrave stone walls, or to decorate objects. Art images can also appear on coins and statues.
Ordinarily, simply inspecting a piece of art only shows what the art is of. If you are in adventurer mode, or if the option is enabled in the init.txt file, inspecting a piece of art gives a history of what it depicts, including the names of those depicted.
 Adventure Mode
Art from previous fortresses or NPC races can be seen and appreciated. Use cloth tapestries, you can see their description from your inventory.to look around, then over an engraving you want to look at. For