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Re-interpreting Dante's Divine Comedy Africa-style

17 April 2015 Last updated at 23:16 BST

Dante's Divine Comedy is a masterpiece of European literature.

Written 700 years ago for a Catholic, mainly Italian audience, the epic poem is still widely read today.

Now it has been re-imagined by 40 of Africa's leading contemporary artists. Their travelling exhibition has just arrived in Washington at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Jane O'Brien reports.