Historicism in art and architecture is the deliberate regression to the past and the use or revival of architectural and historical styles in modern buildings or works. Often criticized for stepping back in time rather than moving forward with modernized styles, Historicism is the finale of Classic architecture and more often than not, was compiled of buildings with a exaggerated mixture of different architectural styles from the past; the result was usually awkward chaotic buildings. Historicism, a rekindling of romanticism may have been regarded as a devaluation of the up and coming modern, but did indeed leave behind some beautiful, if not overstated buildings.