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|minimum price || 7.400 €|
|price estimate || 8.800 €|
The large-format graphite drawing Cape Cross was created from a photograph (1971) by Alice Mertens, who grew up in Namibia and is the great-granddaughter of Götz Mertens from Potsdam, who emigrated to the colony of German Southwest Africa at the beginning of the last century.
|size || 235 x 150 cm|
|frame || Framed|
|condition || Mint|
|technique || Graphite on paper|
The landscape depicted is the place on the Namibian coast where the stone heraldic column of Cape Cross originally stood. It was erected there by the Portuguese in 1448, as the first sign of colonization in Africa. Only a section of the column can still be seen, floating almost mystically above the landscape.
(The column, which is around 3.5 meters high, was taken to Berlin 125 years ago during the colonial era, where the German Historical Museum decided in 2019 to return the stone monument to Namibia).
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