After Hours: Dante – Heaven and Hell

Sketch of Dante


Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the
future  Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.

Register here for a free ticket. 

General entry is free, but booking is required. Dressing up encouraged! 

Please note that owing to COVID-19 measures, ticketing arrival times are staggered and this may limit the activities and performances that you will be able to enjoy during your visit.  Please make sure to check the programme ahead of booking your ticket.

An exciting ‘after hours’ programme of activities at the Ashmolean Museum showcasing the diverse range of researchers and performers who are connected to Dante.

Oxford will be alive with opportunities to celebrate Dante in 2021 -- exactly 700 years since the great poet's death. Best known for his astonishing Divine Comedy -- a three-stage epic poem, narrating a journey through the afterlife from Hell through Purgatory to Heaven, with all of human history, knowledge, love, and life encountered on the way -- Dante was an advisor to princes, a political exile, and a revolutionary poet. 

His richly visual imagination has inspired poets and painters, novelists and composers, film makers and gamers alike. From Chaucer through Margaret Cavendish to Philip Pullman and Ciaran Carson; from Monteverdi through Tchaikovsky to Tangerine Dream; from Milton to Miyazaki and from Samuel Beckett to Tony Soprano: the significance of Dante's life and work is reflected in the diverse ways in which he is reimagined, studied, and researched today.