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1911 Targa Florio – Mercedes in Petralia Sottana Drawing

Alex Book


Drawing, Ink on Paper

Size: 15.7 W x 23.6 H x 0.1 D in

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Targa Florio - the oldest sports car racing event in the world. Many details are hidden all over the drawing. My artworks are not copies of old photographs. Work on one picture usually takes up to 2 months. Many hours of research and reference material to make sure I rebuild the car and environment exactly the way it was in that race. In addition, all fonts, logos and advertisements were used in those years. The race was created in 1906 by the wealthy pioneer race driver and automobile enthusiast, Vincenzo Florio. The 6th Targa Florio was held in May 14, 1911 in Sicily near Palermo at the racing course ‘Grande circuito delle Madonie’. The race was won by the Italian driver Giovanni "Ernesto" Ceirano on a SCAT 22/32 HP. The second was Mario Cortese on Lancia. Vasily Soldatenkoff finished third in a Mercedes 14/30PS. In the original protocols of the Targa Florio race, Vasily Soldatenkov is named as Basilio Soldatenkoff. He spent most of his life in Italy and was in the service of the Imperial Russian Embassy in Rome. He was married to Princess Elena Konstantinovna Gorchakova. He was friends with Prince Felix Yusupov, the one who participated in the murder of Grigory Rasputin. After the October Revolution of 1917 he emigrated to Italy. Interesting fact. It was first appearance in motorsport history of Alfa Romeo cars. Two racing cars ALFA 24 HP of the Società Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (ALFA) were driven by the two test drivers Nino Franchini and Ugo Ronzoni. Architecture & Landscape: Petralia Sottana is a comune, located in The Madonie Mountains, Sicily. The Basilica of Maria Santissima Assunta stands in the ancient district. Organisation & Advertising: The emblem of the Imperial Automobile Society of Russia was fixed on the hood of Mercedes car.

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Drawing:Ink on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:15.7 W x 23.6 H x 0.1 D in

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I live and work in Beer Sheva, Israel. I am a self-taught artist, without professional art education. I started drawing cars when I was 2 years old, my mother carefully keeps my childhood drawings. And now, 40 years later, I'm still doing what I love. My graphic artworks are made in the technique of ink graphics with elements of watercolor, in the style of old engravings and old advertising brochures. My style is based on detailed drawing and historical accuracy. The artworks are mainly devoted to the history of world motoring, the first auto-sports competitions (since the 1900s), old architecture and Formula 1 racing. My artworks are not copies of old photographs. The first motor racing events took place over 100 years ago and there is very little information about it. Work on one picture usually takes up to 2 months. Many hours of research and reference material to make sure I rebuild the car and environment exactly the way it was in that race. I always strive to depict historically accurately all the things and details of the event. I research archival documents, old photographs, publications and articles in newspapers of those years, and much more, to be sure that all elements of the picture correspond to the historical period: architecture, landscape, weather, specification and color of cars, clothes of drivers, mechanics and spectators, advertising, and so on. In addition, all fonts, logos and advertisements that were used in those years. Only after careful preparation, I start drawing. It takes a lot of patience, diligence and passion to paint such detailed artwork. Drawing such small details requires high precision and concentration.

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