St Ives Cornwall

Why is that the quaint, historic fishing village of St Ives, located almost as far southwest as you can travel on land in Cornwall, is so famous for its art and artist’s community? How did one of the country’s most famous art galleries come to be sited a literal stone’s throw from pretty Porthmeor beach, and what is it that, for centuries, has drawn artists all the way down here to inspire them to create some of their finest works?