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Published on Apr 10, 2012
Juno's Journey to the MFA. Conservation of the Largest Roman Statue in the US.
The MFA recently acquired the largest classical sculpture in the United States: a colossal marble statue of the goddess Juno, 13 feet tall and weighing 13,000 pounds. First inventoried in Rome in the 17th century, it was acquired by a wealthy Bostonian in the late 19th century who shipped it home to a garden on a Brookline estate. There Juno stayed until late 2011 when the MFA took possession of her. The rediscovery and rescue of an ancient sculpture of this scale is momentous. At the Museum, Juno is undergoing conservation in view of the public in the George D. and Margo Behrakis Gallery 207; she will eventually reign over our future gallery dedicated to the Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes of Ancient Greece and Rome.