On this day in history, August 26, 1498... Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti was commissioned to carve the Pietà for French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères, who was a representative in Rome. The piece was sculpted in Carrara marble and was to serve as the cardinal's funeral monument, but it was later moved to St. Peter's Basilica. Christ's face does not reveal signs of suffering from the Passion. Michelangelo did not want his version of the Pietà to represent death, but rather to show the "religious vision of abandonment and a serene face of the Son." Therefore, the sculpture represents the communion between man and God through Christ.