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Ana Maria Marovic, Montenegrin poetess, 1815-1887

By Jelena Bakic

Ana Maria Marovic (Anna Maria Marovich), the first poetess of Montenegrin origin, was born on 7th February 1815 in Venice (Italy). Her parents, Josip Marovic and Maria Ivanovic, were members of the colony of Boka Kotorska (Montenegro) in Venice. From her early childhood onwards Ana Maria Marovic expressed a notable talent for writing and painting. She wrote her first verses at the age of twenty under the pseudonym ’Filotea’. Apart from her literary ability, there is also evidence of her talents in the domain of painting. Unfortunately, only a few of her drawings have been saved.

From 1838 Ana Maria Marovic dedicated herself to religious life. Together with Canon Daniele Canale she founded the charitable institution l’Instituto Canal ai Servi in Cannaregio. Moreover, Ana Maria Marovic has founded the religious order L`istituto delle Suore della Riparazione al Sacratissimo Cuore di Gesù e di Maria Immacolata. She died on 3rd October in 1887 in Venice (Italy).


Ana Maria Marovic`s work

  • 1851, La morte dell'eminentissimo Cardinale Jacopo Monico Patriarca di Venezia. Terzine. Venice
  • 1851, Considerazioni cristiane sulla qualità del vestito, Venice
  • 1839, Pie conversazioni sulla vita di Santa Dorotea, Venice
  • 1843, I versi, sonnet collection, Venice

Reception of Ana Maria Marovic`s work in Montenegro

  • In 1997 a book of sonnets written by Ana Maria Marovic is published in Perast (Montenegro). These sonnets were originally written in Italian and have been translated by Don Gracia Ivanovic.
  • In 2005: Film: Ana Maria Marovic, duration 35 min. Director: Tanja Piperovic. Biography and work of a woman from Boka Kotorska Bay from 19th century, thoughts, verses and her life.

AsK October 2011

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