Jansenism is weighed in a balance against Roman Catholicism. Etching attributed to Carel Allard, 1705.
- Allard, Carel, 1648-approximately 1709.
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On the right Pieter Codde as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht (thought to be sympathetic to Jansenism) stands next to the heavier side of the scales which holds the Bible and the lion of the United Provinces. On the left the lighter scale contains a Jesuit holding a ciborium and contains papal attributes. A Franciscan friar is trying to pull down the Jesuit's side in order to make it appear heavier. Above left, the Jesuit monogram IHS is interpreted to mean "Ite Hypocritae Seditiosi" (Begone seditious hypocrites!). A hand writes Mene men tekel upharsin, which is interpreted in a Jansenist and a Roman way. Above right, seven hills shot with seven arrows, representing the seven hills of Rome yielding to the seven United Provinces of the Netherlands