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when it was shown on PBS back in the 1970s?
Do you still have the tapes?
Is there a TIME LIFE logo at the end?
If so, please write to me. Thank you!

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Giovanni Brass’s grandfather, Italico Brass (14 December 1870 – 16 August 1943), bestowed upon the artistically inclined youngster the sobriquet Tintoretto, which the family soon shortened to Tinto. Italico was an art dealer as well as a well-known Venetian artist, and here are some samples of his works, all grabbed from other sites, which are hereby linked. I also include some tidbits from other sites discovered by a quick Google search. Just now I learn that he was also a scenographer! The ties are getting closer, indeed!

Self-portrait, 1924

Carnevale in piazzetta, Venezia
Oil on Canvas
35.8 in. × 28.3 in. / 91 cm. × 72 cm.

Le ricamatrici, 1912
Oil on Canvas
26.2 in. × 33.9 in. / 66.5 cm. × 86 cm.

Maschere à San Barnaba
Oil on Canvas
19.9 in. × 24 in. / 50.5 cm. × 61 cm.

Carabinieri a Sant’Elena di Venezia

Carabinieri al ponte di San Michele a Venezia

Soldati italiani di fronte alla Chiesa di San Giusto

Traghetto alla Dogana
Oil on Canvas
75 cm. × 60 cm.

La briscola
oil on canvas
95 cm × 136 cm.

Rebecca Beasley wrote an article in American Literature (74:3) about a poem in defense of Italico Brass, entitled appropriately enough, “For Italico Brass.” The author of the poem was Ezra Pound. (Oh dear!) Moreover, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi wrote a book entitled Venezia 1908: Ezra Pound e Italico Brass (Gorizia: Edizioni della Laguna, 2004).

Robert Henri commented on Italico Brass

A street in Venice is named Via Italico Brass.

Sir Sacheverell Sitwell knew Italico Brass.

Of course, I knew, I just knew, that there had to be a book about him, but I could never find one, anywhere. Then one day, lo and behold, there it was!

Maria Masau Dan, Italico Brass (Milano: Electa [Elemond Editori Associati], 1991).
It’s a bit hard to find, but there are copies on the used market. If you don’t find any on Amazon, check on Abe Books and eBay. Further, as you can surely guess, where there’s one book, there’s another:

Ugo Nebbia, Italico Brass: pittore di Venezia (Venice: Industrie Poligrafiche, 1935), a mere 30 pages
Both the above publications were printed in conjunction with exhibits at the Castello di Gorizia.

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