Would we make a painting that is red on the top, green on the bottom, narrow most of the way up but soft, thin, and layered at the top, with thorns (or thorn-substitutes) sticking out of the lower part?
Would we spray it with a fragrance? Paint it on very thin canvas, that feels like petals?
In other words, would we make a painting that as closely as possible resembled the rose to all the available senses?
Yet, it is an imitation of the rose, and a visual one at that (not to mention tactile and olfactory). The painting has, in effect, become the rose.