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As cardinal he had written two treatises on canonical subjects and a defence of the Christian faith.
Even Guicciardini admits that "in him were combined rare prudence and vigilance mature reflection, marvellous power of persuasion, skill and capacity for the conduct of the most difficult affairs". The best portrait of him is said to be that painted by Pinturicchio in the Appartimento Borgia at the Vatican ; Yriarte (Autour des Borgia, 79) praises its general air of grandeur incontestable . Pastor's indictment, on closer inspection, needs some revision, for he states (III, 277) that eight of the twenty-three electors, viz.
Like so many other princely cadets, he was obtruded upon the Church, the question of a clerical vocation being left completely out of consideration.