Pope Alexander VI 1431 - 1503
detail of Pinturicchio's fresco, Vatican.
Between 1492 and
1494, and on Alexander VI's payroll,
Pinturicchio decorated the Borgia Apartments,
which are six rooms in the Vatican.
Ruthless Alex was originally Rodrigo
de Borja y Doms, because he was Spanish. The Italians
called him Rodrigo Borgia.
His uncle, Pope
III, made Rodrigo a cardinal.
Rodrigo was Pope Alexander VI
from 1492 - 1503. He lived in style and had several children, as
In 1493, Alexander VI woke up
particularly spunky and divided the entire New World between
Spain and Portugal.
In 1494, Spain and Portugal met, made
some amendments to Alexander's papal decision and called the outcome
Treaty of Tordesillas.
Here he goes again:
And here is the entire fresco:
Fresco by Pinturicchio, Palazzi