Gerard David, Legend of St. Nicholas, 1500-1510

A darker tale tells of a terrible famine that came over the land.  Hunger-crazed and malicious, one butcher murdered three young boys and stuffed their bodies in a pickling barrel to make into meat pies.  As Nicholas happened to pass through the town where the butcher lived, he had a vision of the crime and went and prayed over the boys, who arose from the jar, fully alive and saved.