Art and Mithāl: Reading Geometry as Visual Commentary

@article{Bier2008ArtAM,
  title={Art and Mithāl: Reading Geometry as Visual Commentary},
  author={Carol Bier},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  year={2008},
  volume={41},
  pages={491 - 509}
}
  • Carol Bier
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • History
  • Iranian Studies
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See for example the work of artists and students at the Maryland Institute College of Art