Diego Rivera & Marcel Sternberger, Mexico, 1952

Ilse Sternberger

Letter from Albert Einstein to Marcel Steinberger, 1950

Letter from Albert Einstein to Marcel Steinberger, 1950

While still in the prime of his professional life, Marcel Sternberger died in an automobile accident in 1956. This left his wife, Ilse, the sole guardian of the extraordinary archive of art they had created together. She was determined to carry the memory of their remarkable experiences forward and find the collection a place in history.

Thus it was with relief in 1996 when Ilse’s search finally revealed an antiquarian dealer to whom she could entrust the Sternberger archive. The dealer promised to keep the collection intact until a solution to Ilse’s dreams could be found. Her great aspiration was to publish Marcel’s book and the archive of their joint work, to bring their art and history out of storage and into the collective memory of the present. Years later the aging antiquarian's son, Jacob Loewentheil, a student of psychology and photography, rediscovered the archive in storage. 

Jacob determined that Marcel's work deserved the exposure of which Ilse had dreamed. Thus The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography has finally erased Ilse’s burden. It contains excerpts from Marcel’s unpublished manuscript as well as approximately 206 photographs. The Sternberger genius is now finally exposed to a new generation of admirers and the remarkable story of their collaboration has found its place in the modern consciousness.

Albert Einstein & Ilse Sternberger, Princeton, New Jersey, 1950