The Sidewalk Artist by Gina Buonaguro
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"A fantasia of a double tale skimming through the art capitals of Europe with double muses, double love pursuits, double Raphaels, even double authors, a tale dripping with idealized romantic settings, mystery, art, and a touch of magic, The Sidewalk Artist will keep readers wondering what is real and what is artifice--as fine paintings always do."--Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue  While in Europe researching her next novel, twenty-something American Tulia Rose falls headlong into a romance with a handsome sidewalk artist. As he takes her on a tour of Europe's artistic treasures, she begins writing the story of the painter Raphael and his secret lover.  Yet as her own affair grows deeper, Tulia's sidewalk artist grows more mysterious. Why does he seem so familiar? And what is his connection to the great Renaissance painter?
Set in Paris and Italy, this lyrical first novel interweaves two parallel love stories, offering readers a unique view on the research and inspiration that goes into creating historical novels such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Birth of Venus.

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Gina Buonaguro was born in New Jersey and now resides in Toronto, Ontario. Janice Kirk was born and lives in Kingston, Ontario. Their first novel together was The Sidewalk Artist.
Published April 1, 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Girl novelist meets magical sidewalk artist and travels across Europe, falling in love and learning about Renaissance painting.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Sidewalk Artist: A Novel

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When a struggling New York writer escapes to Paris, she finds herself falling for a charming yet secretive sidewalk artist.

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Tulia starts talking to the handsome sidewalk artist, who really doesn't identify himself, but answers to Raphael, in honor of the Renaissance artist Raphaelo - to Tulia's surprise, Raphael has wine and repast for two - even presents her with a bouquet of fresh red poppies - as they start talking...

Dec 18 2007 | Read Full Review of The Sidewalk Artist: A Novel

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