Dr. Jennifer N. McIntire


About Dr. Jennifer N. McIntire

Dr. Jennifer N. McIntire teaches art history part-time at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Far Eastern Art History. Making Chinese art accessible and understandable to a wide variety of people is a primary interest.


Bust of a Bodhisattva Shakyamuni, 3rd-4th century (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Despite a princely upbringing, Siddhartha insisted he was just a man—albeit one who attained perfection.

The historical Buddha






Mogao caves
Located at a desert crossroads along the Silk Road, these famous caves boast wall paintings and colorful sculpture.

Mogao caves at Dunhuang


Central Vairocana Buddha surrounded on either side by a monk, bodhisattva, heavenly king, a Vajrapani (thunderbolt holder), 673–75 C.E., Tang dynasty, limestone, Luoyang, Henan province, (photo: Kevin Poh, CC BY 2.0)
This cave complex reveals how Northern Wei and early Tang rulers used Buddhist imagery to assert authority.

Longmen caves, Luoyang



The historical Buddha
Despite a princely upbringing, Siddhartha insisted he was just a man—albeit one who attained perfection.

The historical Buddha