Return to Thusnelda
In this view of Polity's painting, which was taken at the opposite end of the gallery in the Neue Pinakothek (Munich), one still can barely capture the huge canvas. Segestes cannot bring himself to look upon his daughter, while Tiberius, flanked by his henchman Sejanus, seemingly is indifferent to the spectacle. It is only the aristocratic women of Rome who are fascinated at the exotic creatures paraded before them. The proud and defiant Thusnelda, accompanied by a nurse and attendants, is presented in marked contrast to the somnolent figure of the emperor. Leading the procession is the priest mentioned by Strabo (Geography, VII.1.4), dragged along by his white beard. Behind Thusnelda are chieftains of the Cherusci, including her brother, Segimuntus, who once had been a priest of Augustus in Cologne (Tacitus, Annals, I.57). Finally, silhouetted in the background is Germanicus himself, here a minor participant in his own triumph.