In considering the art produced by Michelangelo, critics and the public alike for hundreds of years have used the same types of descriptions. Michelangelo's work is marked by painstaking detail, incredible acccuracy in depicting the human form, and filled with intense portrayals of emotion and action. His works are dramatic and large-scale, but very personal and presented in a manner that draws the viewer into intimate involvement with the scene being displayed. "One of the qualities most admired by his contemporaries was his terribilità, a sense of awe-inspiring grandeur..
When a critic uses the adjective "Michelangeloesque" to describe a contemporary work of art, the critic is saying that the work has these same characteristics.