Luigi Malaspina di Sannazzaro, nobleman from Pavia, was a chamberlain of the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire at the end of the XVIIIth century.

During his youth, Luigi Malaspina travelled all around Italy and stayed in France, England and Germany. When he went back to Italy, the emperor Joseph II asked him to administer Pavia hospital, which became an example for the whole of Italy. He eventually became a royal delegate of the University.

During the French invasion, he left Pavia but he retrieved his fief after the defeat of Napoleon's troops. He eventually joined the Congress of Vienna as a representative of Pavia for the negotiations about the redrawing of Italy. On February 12th, 1816, at the imperial palace of Milan, he was decorated with the Order of the Iron Crown by Franz I, first emperor of Austria.

Further to his stay in Vienna, he went back to Pavia. An art and architecture lover, he published a catalogue showing his engraving collection. He also commissioned, drew the plans and paid for a palace where Art was taught. When he died, he left behind him a large number of paintings, estampes and engravings gathered during his stays in Milan and in Germany, which formed one of the most precious collections in Italy in the first half of the XIXth century. It is now kept in the Malaspina Art gallery at Pavia.

In the course of his life, Luigi Malaspina published many writings:
- Delle Leggi Del Bello Applicate Alla Pittura Ed Architettura Saggio 1791
- Osservazioni sugli spedali, sugli Stabilimenti di Beneficenza e su differenti caratteri delle inclinazioni e delle passioni, Pavie, 1793
- Memorie storiche della fabrica della catedrale di Pavia, Milan, 1816
- Guida di Pavia, Pavie, 1819
- Cenni di pubblica economia relativa all’industria e riccheza delle nazioni, Milan, 1820
- Catalogo di una raccolta di stampe antiche, Milan, 1824, 2 volumes.
- Memoria sugli apparenti caratteri delle inclinazioni e passioni, Milan, 1826
- Cenni sulla mitologia egizia, 1828
- Saggio sulle leggi del bello applicate alla pittura ed architettura, Milan, 1828
- Inscrizioni lapidarie, Milan, 1830
- Elementi tratti delle piu accredidate opere per la fabbricazione dei vini, Milan 1831
- Quadro storico della greca architettura, Milan, 1831
- Lettera intorno alla cattedrale di Pavia, Milan, 1832 
- Elenco di Idoli egizi, Milan, 1832
- Memoria intorno alle diramazioni dei popoli sulla superficie del globo, e singolramente in Italia, Milan, 1834
- Relazione di un viaggio in varie province d’Europa
- Descrizione della Certosa di Pavia