An important collection of 20th century European art worth at least $300 million has been bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The 85 works by Picasso, Matisse, Balthus, Braque, Modigliani and other masters was donated by Natasha Gelman, an honorary trustee of the museum who died Saturday in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was 86."It is the most important gift ever to the 20th century department and in fact one of the most important gifts to any department in the museum," Met director Philippe de Montebello told The New York Times.