02/11/2013 02:49 pm ET Updated Feb 11, 2013

Pope Artwork: The Best Renditions Of The Bishop Of Rome In Paintings, Prints And Sculpture (PHOTOS)

As you no doubt have heard by now, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will be resigning from his role as head of the Catholic Church as of February 28, citing health issues. This means that the Cardinal electors will once again choose the next pontiff, leaving the flock to guess which of the five likely candidates will wear the mitre next.

While the world counts down to the next Holy See, we've put together a slideshow of the best (and perhaps most blasphemous) papal representations in art. From Francis Bacon's screaming pope painting to Maurizio Cattelan's meteor-stricken statue, scroll through the works below and let us know which painting, print or sculpture is your favorite in the comments section.