I love this painting by Sandro Botticelli of Dante, who was a great poet but perhaps not so much of a looker. Still, that bold Italian nose has always fascinated me.......
And now I'm afraid that that's what MY nose is going to look like after I've gone through some sinus surgery that is scheduled for me later this week! Yikes -- my nose is on the small size, so I fear the surgeon is going to have to stretch it to something resembling Dante's beak before Friday's operation is through.
Still, it will be a small price to pay if I can smell again. Years of severe allergies have caused so many sinus problems for me that I haven't had a sense of smell for close to a decade. I've also not been able to breathe properly and often get blinding, sinus-related headaches. So I've finally decided to go under the knife and have my sinuses scourged.
It has actually taken me several years to reach this point. Although the procedure is only day surgery, they do use general anaesthetic, so I don't take the process lightly. However, I've had enough of all the sinus woes and I like the surgeon (despite her warnings that there is always a risk that the lining around my brain might be nicked in the process, causing brain fluid to leak out; although, she says, that often heals itself. Imagine my relief at THAT bit of news.)
In any event, if the surgery is successful, I will be thrilled (and likely disgusted if I discover terrible odours have been lurking in my fridge. Or in my gym bag.) Imagine -- I have some Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella products saved for the day that I can open them and really smell them for once!
And here's hoping that I don't emerge with my button nose extended into something like Dante's in the Botticelli portrait. Which, by the way, was painted based on written descriptions of Dante's appearance. I've read that medieval and Renaissance portraits of the poet were loosely derived from Boccaccio's and Villani's descriptions. In his Life of Dante, Boccaccio described Dante's face as "long, his nose aquiline, his eyes rather large than small, his jaws heavy, with the under lip projecting beyond the upper. His complexion was dark, and his hair and beard, black, and crisp; and his countenance always sad and thoughtful."