Faccini painted only about twelve pictures in his short career. According to his biographer he did not take up painting until he was about thirty. He trained in the Academy run by the Carracci family in Bologna and his style was strongly influenced by them. He was also inspired by the rich colour of Venetian painting and the exaggerated forms of Parmigianino. Faccini was probably introduced to print-making while studying with the Carracci, but seems to have produced few prints. His more copious drawings were made in a variety of media, notably pen and ink, watercolour and red chalk.