Wreaths At Final Resting Place of Marin Drzic and Rudjer Boskovic

Lauren Simmonds

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Niksa Matic, Director of the House of Marin Drzic (Dom Marina Drzica) in Dubrovnik pays a visit to Italy on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Dubrovnik’s very own Shakespeare, Marin Drzic.

Niksa Matic, the dedicated and passionate director of Dubrovnik’s popular House of Marin Drzic paid a working visit to the beautiful Italian cities of Venice and Milan, attending the final resting places of two of the most brilliant minds Dubrovnik ever gave to the world of sciences and literacy, Marin Drzic and Rudjer Boskovic.

Despite his untimely passing occurring a hardly comprehensible 450 years ago, Marin Drzic holds an incredibly special place in the heart of Dubrovnik, with his great works – particularly Dundo Maroje – performed regularly both locally and internationally. Drzic, rightly considered the finest Croatian Renaissance playwright of all time; was laid to rest in Venice. Milan, the final resting place of the scientist, diplomat, mathematician and priest (the list goes on, you can find out more by clicking here) Rudjer Boskovic, who was otherwise merely the son of a humble Ragusa merchant; recently erected a monument to the scientific genius at the Intro Montanelli park, in front of which a wreath given on behalf of Boskovic’s hometown of Dubrovnik was laid.

During his stay in Milan, the ever-innovative Niksa Matic agreed upon cooperation with Milan’s Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense Library, which is home to three invaluable editions of Drzic’s timeless works. The director of the Milan library Maria Goffredo accepted Matic’s invitation on behalf of the House of Marin Drzic to visit Dubrovnik to present the aforementioned editions of Drzic’s work, as well as to hold a commemorative lecture on Drzic’s books in Milan’s library.

Visits to Marin Drzic’s resting place of the Church of St. Ivana and Paul in Venice were paid. A rich annual program celebrating the 450th anniversary of the death of Marin Drzic continues with various events dedicated to the greatest Croatian playwright of all time and one of the most deeply significant and celebrated authors of European Renaissance comedy writing in history.


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