The Slav Epic cycle is a collection of 20 paintings completed between 1910 and 1928. It is a depiction of the history and mythology of the Slavic people. This painting is third in the cycle, and deals with the early days of Slavic history.
Jan Toorop was a Dutch-Indonesian artist who worked in various styles throughout his career. His early years were influenced by Amsterdam Impressionism, but in his later pieces he works in Art Nouveau and Symbolism. This piece is one of his strongest Symbolist paintings.