Sabbatini was born in Bologna and studied with Prospero Fontana, who was his teacher and collaborator, and was a friend of Orazio Samacchini. His style was also influenced by Giorgio Vasari and the Emilian mannerism of Parmigianino.
In 1573 he moved to Rome to work under Vasari in the Cappella Paolina (with Federico Zuccari) and Sala Regia of the Vatican, where he adopted many of the stylistic traits of Raphael's school and produced perhaps his most famous painting, The Triumph of Faith over Infidelity. After Vasari's death in 1574, Gregory XIII appointed Sabatini superintendent of works in the Vatican, a post he retained until his own premature death.
- Holy Family and Saints, San Edigio, Bologna
- The Triumph of Faith over Infidelity
- Assumption of the Virgin (Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna)
- Frescoes at the Malvasia Chapel (1566-70, San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna)
- The Four Evangelists
- The Four Teachers of the Church (1570)
- The Holy Family with Saints John and Michael Archangel (1570, San Giacomo Maggiore), executed in part with Denys Calvaert
- Virgin and Child with Saint John (1572), Louvre, Paris
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