40 Contemporary African Artists Take On Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

October 20, 2014 1:59 PM

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40 Contemporary African Artists Take On Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

These are some of the brilliant minds involved in "The Divine Comedy," a contemporary art exhibition at the the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art. One of these names, as you may have keenly ascertained, is not like the other. Dante's Italian heritage and an approximately 700-year age gap certainly separate him from the other figures listed on the press release. But 40 contemporary African artists have assembled in his honor, each creating an artistic homage to his timeless depictions of heaven, purgatory and hell.

The sprawling exhibition is divided into three categories, with a selection of artists each addressing themes associated with Dante's three poems. While a majority of religion-centric art exhibitions feature some combination of heavy-handed symbolism, oddly proportioned babies and golden halos, this...

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