Peter Close Sculpture

Bronze Bust Nuvolari

This bronze bust Nuvolari captures his intense and determined expression, it reflects his fearless attitude on the racetrack.

He has a finely chiseled face with sharp, prominent features that highlight his Italian heritage. His eyes have a focused gaze, reflecting his unwavering concentration while racing at high speeds.

Bronze bust Nuvolari captures his charismatic and determined spirit, which immortalises him as one of the greatest racing drivers in history

His nicknames were “The Flying Mantuan” and “The Devil from Mantua”.

Some insisted that he had a pact with the devil. He was a superstitious man, Nuvolari always drove with a small golden tortoise on a chain around his neck. Whatever the myths this wiry little man from Castel D’Ario was certainly consumed with a maniacal lust to win. He would beat his fist on the side of his car if he was held up by a slower driver and would continue at full throttle as a car literally disintegrated around him.

This spirit left a lasting impression on Enzo Ferrari who at the time of the 1935  German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring was the team manager for Alfa Romeo. Mercedes  and Auto Union were expected to dominate the race where Nuvolari was driving an “old” Alpha. How old no one knew but Nuvolari was anxious no one got a close look at his engine! This is the setting I have chosen for my portrait of Nuvolari, the moments before what was probably the greatest motor race ever as he looks across to the gleaming silver arrows expected to sweep all before them and thinks “we’ll see about that…….”

  • Height 30cm/12in
  • Weight 5 kg
  • Limited to an edition of 500
£295.00 £ 295