Return to Thusnelda
In this larger view of Polity's painting, which was taken at the opposite end of the gallery, one can see practically the entire canvas. Segestes cannot bring himself to look upon his daughter, and Tiberius, flanked by his henchman Sejanus, is seemingly indifferent to the spectacle. It is only the aristocratic women who are fascinated at the exotic creatures paraded before them. The proud and defiant Thusnelda, accompanied by a nurse and attendant, is presented in marked contrast to the somnolent figure of the emperor. Leading the procession is the priest mentioned by Strabo, 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, I.57, 59). In the background is Germanicus, here a minor participant in his own triumph.