Taddeo enters Rome carrying a yoke, a symbol of
servitude or obedience. The gaunt allegorical figure
of Toil (Fatica) welcomes him, while Servitude
(Servitù) and Hardship (Disagio) stand nearby,
representing the troubles he will shortly encounter.
The ox traditionally represents patience, while
the ass alongside probably symbolizes obedience.
In the background, the tower of Old Saint Peter’s,
as well as Michelangelo’s drum for the new basilica
(then under construction), rise over the city wall.