Now, that’s a large garden ornament! Juno, who resides at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is the largest classical sculpture in any museum in the United States and has an interesting garden history. Juno dates from the 1st-century BC but It’s unclear as to which ancient Roman building she once belonged. However, records as early as 1633 show her in the inventories of Villa Ludovisi in Rome where she was the major ornament in an Italianate garden for over 100 years. She was eventually purchased by Mary Pratt Sprague, an American collector, at the end of the 19th century and placed in her formal garden in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Sprague garden was designed by Charles Adams Platt, a well known architect and landscape designer who was a member of the Cornish Art Colony which formed around Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Cornish, New Hampshire. When Juno first arrived at the garden of Mary Sprague, it took a team of oxen to pull her up the long driveway of the estate. Getting her into the MFA presented no less of a challenge after she was acquired in 2011. At 13-feet tall and weighing 13,000 pounds, a special casing had to be built for her and she was lowered into the building through a large skylight by a huge construction crane. A special platform had to be constructed which would help spread her massive weight over the floor’s support beams. Juno will be the focal point of a future gallery at the MFA featuring the gods, goddesses and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome.