Salman rushdieBRITISH author Salman Rushdie is appearing in a new documentary about one of Spain’s most famous paintings.

Booker Prize-winner Rushdie stars alongside 30 other cultural figures in the 90-minute film, about Madrid’s Prado museum painting The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Talking at the museum, he says: “At the end of a novel, a writer unveils the mystery. In this case, the artist doesn’t want to reveal it. He wants you to stay in this mystery.”

Others appearing in Garden of Dreams about the Hieronymus Bosch painting, include Turkish novelist Orham Pamuk, Dutch writer Cees Noteboom and Mallorcan painter Miquel Barcelo.

The eclectic soundtrack includes music by Elvis Costello, Bach and Lana del Rey.

The documentary, which opens in cinemas on June 9, forms part of an exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.