Richard Offner, 1889–1965, American art historian, b. Vienna, studied at Harvard, Ph.D. Univ. of Vienna, 1914. An outstanding authority on Italian art of the 13th and 14th cent., he taught at New York Univ. from 1923 to 1957. He wrote A Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting (1930–69), his major, multivolumed work. Italian Primitives at Yale University (1927) and Studies in Florentine Painting (1927) are other writings.