The style of Romanticism came late to Spain, where it influenced everything from poetry to painting. With an emphasis on the fantastic and the irrational and the overriding power of the individual spirit, it placed a heavy influence on the paintings of Eugenio Lucas Velazquez.
He had trained at the Academie de Bellas Artes in San Fernando. Additionally, he spent time travelling through Italy, northern Africa and France. He would spend time copying works of the Old Masters in the Museo del Prado, and find a great deal of inspiration in the works of Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez.
Velasquez would work primarily as a painter of religious and fantasy scenes, in addition to some portrait and landscape work. He completely abandoned the neoclassic subjects and themes that he had been taught at the Academie, and instead allowed the influences of Goya and his own satirical and darker perceptions to be revealed in his works. The French Impressionist, Manet was a great admirer of Velasquez' work after he viewed it during a trip to Spain.