Six programmes on women who were great patrons of the arts this century.
Peggy Guggenheim was a self-confessed `art addict' and collected the works of talented young artists all her life, including Pollock, Ernst, Picasso and Braque.
She left the world a magnificent collection and gallery in Venice, where Dr Philip Rylands, director of the Guggenheim Foundation in Venice, discusses her life and work.
The programme includes arcHIVe interviews.
Benjamin Ivry considers the extraordinary home of Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, a faux-Venetian palace full of treasures, left to the nation on condition that nothing ever changes.
So is it anything more than an artistic graveyard?
Benjamin Ivry contrasts the lives and patronage of two of the most colourful PARISians of the century: Winaretta Singer - la Princesse de Polignac - and Marie-Laure de Noailles.
Gertrude and Leo Stein created a fabulous salon in the Rue Fleurus, supported Picasso, and offered an example to other would-be patrons of the arts.
Yet when she came to write her `Autobiography of Alice B Toklas', Gertrude claimed most of the credit for these achievements.
Brenda Wineapple, author of a new book on the Steins, explains why.
Reader Joanna Tope
Renowned as a poet, Edith Sitwell was also a formidable patron of the arts.
Through arcHIVe interviews and reminiscences, she talks about her extraordinary life and career.
Lucinda Lambton visits Garsington Manor, the home of Ottoline Morrell, to discover a little of the truth behind the many myths and caricatured portrayals of this extraordinary woman - literary hostess, creative catalyst and friend to Lytton Strachey, D H Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.