In historical terms, the stretchiness of the word "recent" leads to an inherent unease. On the geological time scale, Ancient Rome is quite recent, while in the 21st century, bound encyclopedias – once the pride of 20th century suburban bookshelves – are outmoded. Encyclopedias brought busts of Augustus to the masses. Now, carefully preserved classical artifacts are available as high-quality digital archives on the internet.
In the Recent history project, which evolved from mid 2016 to early 2018, I used Photoshop to layer sampled photographs of classical statuary with self-made auto-scans of landscape and botanical imagery ripped from discarded encyclopedias and reference books.