One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of Michelangelo; after the manner of Michelangelo's work, especially in being solid, bold, or statuesque.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in James Barry (1741–1806), history painter, printmaker, and author. From the name of MichelangeloBuonarroti, Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet + -esque.
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