“Het hooi en de hooiwagen in de beeldende kunsten” (Louis Lebeer) 1938
[in: Gentsche Bijdragen tot de Kunstgeschiedenis, V (1938), pp. 141-155]
[Also mentioned in Gibson 1983: 155 (G119)]
Lebeer is the first Bosch scholar to signal the Al Hoy etching, published by Bartholomeus de Mompere in Antwerp in 1559 and probably executed by Frans Hogenberg. In 1608 the Ghent artist J. Horenbault had an altered version of the etching made and published. The alterations are mainly concerned with censorship of criticism on the clergy. This etching is a valuable document that is directly related to Bosch’s Haywain. However, it should not go unnoticed that Frans Hogenberg interpreted the theme in his own way.
From the same period there are also other prints in which the hay motif is used in an allegorical way. One example is the engraving Den Dans des Werelts [The Dance of the World], published by Joan. Baptista Vrints: in front of the central allegorical figure (Lady World) we see a crowned sheaf of hay with the caption Vanitas.