Professor John Steer
John Steer (1928–2012), was the Professor of the History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London from 1979 until his retirement in 1984. An art historian specializing in Venetian Renaissance painting, he was the founder of the Art History Department at the University of St Andrews in 1967 before his move to Birkbeck. An early member of the Association of Art Historians Executive Committee (1977-79), he became Chair of the Association in 1980 following the retirement of John White. His book Venetian Painting: A Concise History (Thames and Hudson) has been in print since 1970.