We tend to regard the term as a 20th century advent, often used to celebrate styles & fashions of previous decades, but sometimes I wonder if centuries prior experienced this same interest in resurrecting the recent past--for fun, of course. I'm not referring to anything like the Italian Renaissance, which given the variables at play shall be considered a different animal entirely, but rather something like a spike of interest in Mannerist paintings at a time when most patrons had moved on to the Baroque style. Of course this was before the Internet and other modern communications, when I imagine the spread of stylistic trends was entirely dependant upon either the printed press or The Church. Furthermore, I recon only a small minority of wealthy individuals had the opportunity and inclination to concern themselves with such matters.
That said, it's still an intriguing thought for a dreary Wednesday afternoon as I watch my little one tear up the living room.
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