Aegina is known worldwide for its incredible light, so much so that many painters, writers and photographers chose to live on the island to be constantly inspired, such as Nikos Kazantzakis (he wrote Zorba the Greek). The landscape, so near yet so dissimilar to that of Athens, has managed to retain its character despite the steady growth of construction on the island. It is this very character that has prompted many prominent artists to view the island as something of a haven, as well as an inspiration. Christos Kapralos, Yiannis Moralis, Nikos Nikolaou, Maria Pop and Andreas Vourloumis are just a few of the many painters and sculptors who came for extended stays on Aegina and used this, their second home, in their work. Many still come today, seeking inspiration from the island’s ochre, crimson and periwinkle hues that merge in the harmonious scenery.