Commisioned to be placed at a French Cardinal's tomb, it was moved to its current location in the 18th Century. It is the only piece Michelangelo signed. Overhearing someone commenting that another sculptor has created it, He signed his name on the sash across Mary's chest. In 1964, The Pieta was lent to the new York World's fair. People waited in line for hours to ride a conveyor belt to get a glimpse of the statue.