Hildegard von Bingen ( 1098-1179) Origin : Germany
German abbess, artist, author, philosopher, physician, poet, and composer. The 10th child of a noble German family, while still young she joined a convent, associated with the Benedictine monastery of St. Disibod. She later founded an independent convent, and produced major works of theology and visionary writings, artwork and music. In her writings she expounded on her theology of microcosm and macrocosm - man being the peak of god`s creation, man as a mirror through which the splendor of the macrocosm was reflected.