Dante Lives!: A Contemporary Visual Celebration of Dante’s Divina Commedia

January 10 - 17, 2022


On September 14,  1321, the Italian Poet Dante Alighieri passed away. In honour of 700 hundred years after his passing, Il Centro Italian language school has spent the entirely of 2021 celebrating his life and the literary legacy.

While Dante wrote in the Italian language of the 14th century, his work in the Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia) and The New Life (La Vita Nuova) not only has stood the test of time, it continues to provide our society with both a visual and conceptual language for understanding and articulating the spiritual experience. As well, his work remains a reference point for grappling with a society where both the deepest and most despicable evils and resplendent joys of humanity coexist.

As a final instalment to this exploration of Dante the Il Centro Language school partners with the ICC Gallery, the Italian French, Spanish and Italian Studies Department at UBC and the Italian Consulate in Vancouver to explore moments where the world of Dante intersects with our mundane modern life.

Using the contemporary medium of digital photography, 41 students of UBC captured ephemeral moments in time which bring to life fleeting images from the natural world which embody the essence of Dante’s Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.

Included in this exhibition are two monumental works by the B.C. painter Leslie Poole. Poole, who like Dante grapples with questions fundamental to the human condition such as good and evil.

His art seeks to explore images that fundamental stir us and he seeks art as a means to connect us with important experiences of the past. Both Poole’s imagery and sentiments are a perfect framework within which viewers can re-experience the work of Dante.

Please join us for this thought provoking final celebration of Dante.


The exhibition runs from the 10th of January through to January 17, 2022.