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The narrow way to Heaven and the broad way to Hell and Purgatory, representing the contrasting fates of Jansenists and Roman Catholics as attributed to the Jansenist-sympathizer Pieter Codde. Etching attributed to Carel Allard, 1705.

Allard, Carel, 1648-approximately 1709.
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The narrow way proceeds from the bottom left to Heaven at top left. Friars and Jesuits fall off it. At the top Saint Peter welcomes Pieter Codde to Heaven. The broad way proceeds from top right to Hell in the bottom right and Purgatory in the bottom centre. Roman Catholics of various types walk along its rose-lined route, for example a priest carrying a rosary and an aspergillum. At the bottom where the road forks between Hell and Purgatory, Pope Clement XI tries to hook Theodorus De Cock with his crozier towards Purgatory, while the devil tries to spear him into Hell. In Purgatory, monks and Jesuits in the fire pray to the pope for intercession, "Albane Clemens ora pro nobis" (Clement was a member of the Albani family). In 1702 De Cock was appointed to replace Petrus Codde as Apostolic Vicar of the Netherlands after Codde was suspended by Pope Clement XI for being sympathetic to Jansenism


Tot Helmont : By Dirk Purgatori, [1705]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with engraving ; platemark 26.8 x 17.8 cm


Coddige droom van de smalle en brede weg

Publications note

F. Muller, De nederlandsche geschiedenis in platen, part 2, Amsterdam: Frederik Muller, 1870, p. 83 no. 3410.6
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires no. 1441


Wellcome Library no. 2139935i

Lettering note

Translation of lettering: A Jansenist smith with his apprentices, the heads of the Pope, of Coc, and of cloister-papists
Below, two columns of Dutch verses: left, 'De smalle weg'; right, 'De breede weg'. Below them, in the centre, further verses 'Op het verkiesen van de nieuwe Vicaris, de Hr. ... Postcamp, geboren te Zwol.'
Bears number: 6

Creator/production credits

Attributed by Muller, op. cit. p. 81, to Carel Allard working in Amsterdam


  • Dutch
  • French

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