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



Cosmic Mount Meru (detail)
The religion that originated in India took on so many different forms that it is often difficult to see how the various sects of Buddhism are related.

Introduction to Buddhism