This site is a work of love! In celebration of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death in September of 2021, I created a new narrative version of Dante’s great poem accompanied by generous reader-friendly notes, commentary, and art designed to provide a rich and accessible experience of the poem particularly for students and the general reader. The numerous artworks for each Canto of the poem are another way of celebrating Dante’s still-living genius and at the same time paying homage to centuries of artists who have added their vision to his so that the reader here can participate in the poet’s original vision and see how that vision inspired other artists during the last 700 years. Welcome!

Michael F. Meister, FSC, PhD

Saint Mary’s College of California

This is a work in progress…

The Inferno here is complete with the text, notes, and art for each Canto as of September 2022. The texts of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso are also complete; the notes and artwork for these canticles are still coming.